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STATE OF NEW YORK
BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY COMPANY
NEW YORK CITY
HE BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY has been compiled for the purpose of giving a brief biographical sketch of the representative business and professional men of the State of New York. The form used is intended to give, wherever possible, the name, business and residence address, place and date of birth, where educated, whether married or single, names of the corporations, firms and institutions with which such men are connected, positions of importance which they hold, as well as those that they have held, and also the names of the clubs, societies and associations of which they are members; and, as such, it is hoped that the work will be found useful in editorial rooms, in business offices, in club libraries, and as a book of reference, generally, in both private and public libraries.
This information has, in very large part, been furnished by the individuals themselves, in addition to which the standard books of reference bearing on these matters have been carefully consulted; and, to insure the accuracy and completeness of each sketch, a proof containing all the information available from both these sources has been sent to all persons mentioned in this publication.
We have made this work as complete as possible on the lines above indicated, and if there are any persons of importance omitted from the volume, it is because they have failed to send us the desired information; and, rather than prepare something imperfect and, perhaps, misleading, it has been thought advisable to omit their names entirely.
The twelve thousand (12,000) sketches in this book are those of men. prominent to-day in commercial, professional or other activities, who are worthily sustaining the reputation of New York as the Empire State, and the names included are entirely of characters living on the first day of January, 1900.
The difficulties and magnitude of the work involved in the compilation of a book of this character will be at once obvious when it is considered how much exhaustive, careful and patient investigation, comparison, verification and cross-references have been necessary in the preparation of the present volume. Owing to the generous co-operation of the subjects of these notices in furnishing us with so much of the information desired, we are able to rely entirely on the merits of the volume for the success to which we believe we can, with all modesty, look forward.
A book of this kind will be published for every State in the Union just as rapidly as it is possible for us to obtain the necessary information; and it is our purpose to revise it in each State every three years.
In conclusion, we desire to also record our appreciation of the assistance rendered to us in the preparation of this work by such clubs and other organizations as have furnished us with membership lists, and also to acknowledge our indebtedness to the various works of reference necessary to the compilation of a volume like the present.
THE BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY COMPANY.