Shoe manufacturer and aviation pioneer. Born in Dorchester, Mass. Entered into shoe manufacturing in Brockton, Mass. in 1878. Formed partnership with his younger brother Charles in 1883 as James Means and Company, Boston. Popularizer of the $3 shoe. Retired from manufacturing in 1893 but retained ownership of James Means trademark. Formed the James Means Company (Kittery, Me.) to sell trademarks, 1900-1904. Wrote on problems of man flying. Edited Aeronautical Annual.
From the description of Papers, 1869-1965 (inclusive), 1883-1920 (bulk). (Harvard Business School). WorldCat record id: 269579039