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Cramer, Stuart W. (1868-1940)

Engineer, inventor, author, and organizer, Stuart W. Cramer (March 31, 1868-July 2, 1940) was a man of many talents. Responsible for planning nearly 150 cotton mills from Virginia to Texas, he was also agent or southern manager for numbers of large manufacturers of textile machinery and equipment for various facilities including power plants. He...

Jones, Edward C. (1822-1902)

Edward C. Jones (July 1, 1822-February 12, 1902) was a prolific and eclectic architect in Charleston, South Carolina, before the Civil War and in Memphis, Tennessee, after the war. Jones and his partner and former student Francis Lee established one of Charleston's leading architectural firms of the late antebellum era and planned many of...

Schwend, Louis E. (1875-1900)

Louis E. Schwend (1875-Nov. 24, 1900) was an architect from Ohio who was briefly a member of the prolific architectural firm of Hayden, Wheeler, and Schwend. Although his career was brief, he is noteworthy for having planned the 1899 Iredell County Courthouse, which formed the popular prototype for a series of similar courthouse designs...

Tompkins, Daniel A. (1851-1914)

Daniel Augustus Tompkins (1851-1914), born on a plantation in Edgefield County, South Carolina, epitomized the energetic men who began their lives in the Old South and transformed their careers and their region as New South entrepreneurs. As a designer, builder, and promoter of textile mills headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tompkins had a broad...

Waitt, Kendall B. (1811-1893)

Kendall B. Waitt (Waite) (September 13, 1811-December 10, 1893), a carpenter and cabinetmaker active in Chapel Hill, was a native of Massachusetts who worked on building projects at the University of North Carolina, most notably as contractor with Isaac J. Collier to build the additions designed by Alexander Jackson Davis for Old East and...

Wheeler, Oliver Duke (1864-1942)

Oliver Duke Wheeler (May 21, 1864-October 27, 1942), was an architect who with his sequence of partners and associates—Luke Hayden, Louis E. Schwend, James M. McMichael, Neil Runge, D. Anderson Dickey, and others—had a long career in North Carolina and one of the state's most prolific practices of the day. Headquartered in Charlotte from...

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