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Hon. Marcus A. Hanna
MARCUS A. Hanna was born in 1837, in New Lisbon, Ohio.
His father was a country physician of good practice and Mr. Hanna never suffered poverty and was not developed through financial struggle as many men are. His father took his family to Cleveland and here Mr.
Hanna attended college, enlisting in the war and immediately thereafter began the building up of his business. He was a very social man, entertained largely in his home, and his wife, who was a daughter of Daniel Rhoades, had tastes like his, so that their home was a social center. He soon took an active interest in politics and became socially associated with Sherman, Garfield, and McKinley. He was like a father to McKinley, helping him over rough places and sharing his joys and sorrows alike. When financial distress came to Major McKinley it was Mr. Hanna who stepped in and helped him out. The successful McKinley campaign was due largely to Mr. Hanna. He never held but two political offices—member of the school board of Cleveland and the United States Senatorship, although he was offered cabinet positions. Among the men of his political party he was known as the leader.
In 1872, he was one of the organizers of the Cleveland Transportation Company, being at times its general manager and one of its directors. In 1881, he organized the West Republic Mining Company, of Marquette County, Michigan, of which he was long president and in the following year established the Pacific Coal and Iron Company, of St. Paul. In 1882, he purchased a controlling interest in the West Side Street Railway Company. He was a director of the Globe Iron Works, one of the founders and President of the Union National Bank and for a number of years was President of the Herald Publishing Company. He died in Washington, February 15, 1904, when he was serving as United States Senator. There was a funeral service in the Senate, attended by Ambassadors from almost every country and his body lay in State in the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland. His funeral was held at St. Paul's Church on the nineteenth. President Roosevelt, Secretary Taft, and J. Pierpont Morgan were among the distinguished men present.
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