|Birth: ||May 5, 1836|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1891|
Prominent St. Louis miller and member of the first board of directors of the St. Louis chamber of commerce. Born in Scotland, the young man rebelled against his parent's decision that he become a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and moved to Canada, then to Maine, then to Chicago and finally to St. Louis, Missouri. He became associated with Gilbert, Stanard and Company where he learned the milling business. In 1867 he was taken into partnership with Mr. Updyke, entering the new firm of Gilbert, Updyke, Bain and Company. Selling out his partner's interest in St. Louis, Mr. Bain established the firm of George Bain and Company with his brother William and became identified with the manufacture and export of flour in St. Louis, making it one of the great milling centers of the U.S.
Mr. Bain was elected alderman from the fourth ward and was re-elected to that position two years later. He was nominated for Mayor, but was defeated by Captain Joseph Brown. Later he nominated for Congress to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Allen, but declined for business reasons. During his career in St. Louis he presided over many city, Congressional and legislative conventions and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cincinnati. For nine years he served as vice-president of the Board of Managers of the House of Refuge. He was one of the originators and directors of the Provident Association, and for eight years royal chief of the Scottish Clans. In 1876 he was a director in the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia and in 1871 vice-president of the Commercial Convention in Baltimore. He was elected president in 1874 of the first millers' association formed in Missouri and in 1875 was elected president of the Millers' National Association, serving for eight years. In 1889 he was appointed to the post of U. S. Chief Special Agent of Manufacturers' Census in St. Louis. He was elected chairman of the Republican City Central Committee a year before his death.
Mr. Bain was a valued member of the board of directors of the House of Refuge and a director of the St. Louis Provident Association. He was a charter member and president for many years of the Merchants' Exchange Mutual Benevolent Society, a member of the Legion of Honor and Knight Templar of the Masonic order, and president of the Caledonian Society of St. Louis.
Clara Mather Bain (1838 - 1913)*
Robert Edward Mather Bain (1858 - 1932)*
C. Louise Bain (1861 - 1940)*
Walter H Bain (1871 - 1895)*
Clara L.V. Bain Hallowell (1877 - 1940)*
St. Louis City
Plot: Block 74 Lot 2435
Created by: Connie Nisinger
Record added: Aug 08, 2007
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