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Lyman J. Gage

Born: Jun 28, 1836

Death: Jan 26, 1927

Birthplace: DeRuyter

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Lyman J. Gage

Date of Birth : Jun 28, 1836
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1927
Birth Place : DeRuyter

Lyman Judson Gage was an American financier and Presidential Cabinet officer. He was born at DeRuyter, New York, educated at an academy at Rome, New York, and at the age of 17 he became a bank clerk. In 1853 he removed to Chicago, served for three years as bookkeeper, and in 1858 entered the Merchants Loan and Trust Company, where he was cashier in 1861-1868. Afterwards be became successively assistant cashier, vice-president and president of the First National Bank of Chicago, one of the strongest financial institutions in the Middle West. He was chosen in 1890 to be president of the board of directors of the World's Columbian Exposition, the successful financing of which was due more to him than to any other man. Following the exposition, he became president of the newly formed Chicago Civic Federation, which sought to reform city governance. In politics he was originally a Republican, and was a delegate to the national convention of the party in 1880, and chairman of its finance committee. In 1884, however, he supported Grover Cleveland for the presidency, and came to be looked upon as a Democrat.


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