Benjamin S. Hanchett, one of the most
successful men in Michigan, has long
been prominent in the community of
western Michigan. From office boy he
has risen to the position of president and
general manager of one of the most pros-
perous street railway properties in the
country, and has made only friends and
admirers while doing it.
Born in this city in 1868, Mr. Hanchett
was educated in the public schools of
Grand Rapids until he was 14 years old.
At that age he entered the office of the
Grand Rapids Street Railway Co. as er-
rand boy. His progress was steady and
rapid and in 1889 he became secretary.
His next step was secretary and treasur-
er. In 1901 he promoted and built the
Grand Rapids, Holland '& Chicago rail-
way and was elected president. After
20 years of service, Mr. Hanchett was
chosen president and general manager
of the city traction company.
Because Mr. Hanchett has striven to
make the street railway an instrument
for the convenience and upbuilding of
Grand Rapids, as well as a sound busi-
ness enterprise, the relations between the
public and company are as satisfactory as
in any city of the country. The same
harmony exists between the company
and its men.
Excerpted from "Builders of greater Grand Rapids"
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63 yrs death date is buried date
Bessie H. Hanchett
1869–1960 (m. 1896)
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