Ritchie, Samuel J., 1838-1908.

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Railroad and mining promoter, and resident of Summit County, Ohio.

From the description of Papers, 1870-1920. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18376018

Samuel J. Ritchie (1838-1908) was born in Boston Township, Summit County, Ohio. He attend Western Reserve College of Hudson, Ohio, in 1856, and entered the lumber business in 1860. He married Sophronia J. Hale in 1865. In 1871 he became a partner in Sperry & Ritchie, makers of sewer pipe and then owners of West Virginia coal and timber lands. In 1882, the Central Ontario Railroad was incorporated, and Ritchie was appointed president. This was followed in 1886 with the founding of the Canadian Copper Company and the Anglo-American iron Company. Ritchie served as president of both companies. In 1889, Ritchie convinced United States Navy Secretary Tracy of the advantages of nickel alloy steel. Ritchie co-founded the International Nickel Company in 1902. Ritchie died in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1908.

From the guide to the Samuel J. Ritchie Papers, 1870-1920, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ritchie, Clara Belle, 1888-. The Clara Belle Ritchie family papers, 1838-1959. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Ritchie, Samuel J., 1838-1908. Papers, 1870-1920. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Samuel J. Ritchie Papers, 1870-1920 Western Reserve Historical Society
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Anglo-American Iron Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Burke, Stevenson, 1826-1904. person
associatedWith Canadian Copper Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Central Ontario Railway. corporateBody
associatedWith International Nickel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Laurier, Wilfrid, Sir, 1841-1919. person
associatedWith MacDonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1846-1922. person
associatedWith Mowat, Oliver, Sir, 1820-1903. person
associatedWith Payne, Henry B. person
associatedWith Ritchie family. family
associatedWith Tracy, Benjamin Franklin, 1830-1915. person
associatedWith Tupper, Charles, Sir, 1821-1915. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
West Virginia
United States
Copper mines and mining--Ontario
Iron mines and mining--Canada
Copper mines and mining
Nickel mines and mining
Iron mines and mining--United States
Nickel mines and mining--Ontario
Ritchie, Samuel J., 1838-1908
Iron mines and mining
Ritchie family
Coal mines and mining--West Virginia
Coal mines and mining


Birth 1838

Death 1908


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