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 John Edward Addicks

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John Edward Addicks

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Aug 1919 (aged 77)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section Chapel Lot 50 S Part
Memorial ID 70928989 View Source
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John Edward Addicks, president of the Boston Gas and Light Company, was born in Philadelphia, Nov. 21, 1841. Mr. Addicks was educated in the public schools of the city, entering the high school first of his class and graduating when fifteen years of age. He began his business life in a wholesale dry goods house where he remained until he was nineteen years old, when he entered the flour store of Levi Knowles. He became a partner in this firm on attaining his majority and displayed an energy in developing the business which brought him real success. Three years later he began the business on his own account and pushed so energetically that in time he became the foremost businessman in that line. He was largely instrumental in introducing to the Eastern seaboard the spring wheat flour of the Minnesota region. In 1864 he married Laura Watson Butcher and had one child, a daughter, Florence. Mr. Addicks began investing in Philadelphia real estate, and became prominent in this field of operation. Shortly after this period his attention was called to the use of water gas as an illuminant, an infant industry at that time, but with much promise of a valuable development. He successively led the Jersey City Gas Works, the Consumer's Gas Co. of Chicago, and the Bay State Gas Co. of Boston. Mr. Addicks also built the gas works in Wilmington, DE. (From Morris' "Makers of Philadelphia")


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  • Created by: James Colbert
  • Added: 6 Jun 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 70928989
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/70928989/john-edward-addicks : accessed ), memorial page for John Edward Addicks (21 Nov 1841–7 Aug 1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 70928989, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by James Colbert (contributor 47093604) .