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 Joseph Lloyd Hall

Joseph Lloyd Hall

Birth
Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
Death 10 Mar 1889 (aged 65)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Sec. 18 Lot 32 Cat. 10
Memorial ID 59005462 · View Source
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Joseph Lloyd Hall was born May 9th, 1823, at Salem, New Jersey, and was the second son of Edward and Anna (Lloyd) Hall. In the year 1832 his parents removed, with their family, to Pittsburg, Penn., where the father embarked in various enterprises, without any marked success, and his boys were consequently placed in different occupations to earn their living. When but eight years of age, Joseph commenced the battle of life, obtaining such employment as could be found for one so young, being frequently compelled to work very hard, for which he was many times poorly paid. At the age of seventeen inducements were held out to him to engage in steamboat business, and, accepting these offers, he continued in that occupation on various boats in the trade of the Mississippi and Southern rivers. In 1846 he abandoned the river, and returned to Pittsburg, where he united himself as a partner with his father in the manufacture of fireproof safes, a business then in its infancy and crude in all its details. Having a limited capital, and finding strong competition from the wealthy and long-established Eastern houses in the same line, they determined to seek a new field for their enterprise, and in the year 1848 removed to Cincinnati, where they commenced the manufacture of safes in a small and unpretending way. This, however, formed the nucleus of their present immense factory. In the year 1851 the father of Mr. Hall disposed of his interest in the business to one of his partners, Mr. William B. Dodds, and the firm of Hall, Dodds & Co. succeeded. They employed at that time a force of fifteen men, and turned out about two safes per week. This firm was dissolved in 1857, and was thereafter followed by others in succession, in all of which Joseph L. Hall was senior partner and chief executive. In May, 1867, he organized the Hall Safe and Lock Company. Although he has a large corps of office men and superintendents and managers, he is one of the first at the factory in the morning, and one of the last to leave at night. He has obtained upwards of thirty patents for his various improvements, and is the patentee of eleven different bank-locks of the most valuable description. He has built some of the largest safes ever constructed in this or any other country. His factory has now assumed mammoth proportions, and is said to be the largest safe manufacturing establishment in the world. It employs over six hundred mechanics of consummate skill, and has a capacity of turning out upwards of sixty safes per day. Between four and five hundred of Mr. Hall's safes passed through the great Chicago fire in 1871, and yielded up their treasures unharmed. The company has branch houses in every important city in the Union, and the reputation of the safes and locks is limited only to the confines of civilization. At the outbreak of the war in 1861 Mr. Hall undertook the execution of a contract to alter for the United States Government, within thirty days, five thousand Austrian muskets, and performed the work so satisfactorily that he was awarded many other contracts during the war. He also belongs to numerous other corporations in Cincinnati, and is a director in the Cincinnati National Bank of that city. He was married in early manhood to Miss Sarah J. Jewell, of Pittsburg, a most estimable lady. Of this union twelve children have been born. Five of his sons are now associated with him, all of whom are excellent businessmen.


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  • Created by: Kate
  • Added: 21 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59005462
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Lloyd Hall (9 May 1823–10 Mar 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59005462, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Kate (contributor 47351718) .