Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-287
Location: LH-287

(Description ID: 594775)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums 

John Gardiner, 1816-1915 


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The John Gardiner Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1997. Additional manuscript material on Gardiner may be found in the Charles E. Frohman Collection in the John G. Camp Papers (FR-3)

Biographical Sketch
John Gardiner, a prominent Norwalk, Ohio resident, was born in New London County, Connecticut, in 1816. He came to Ohio in the fall of 1832. A banker by profession, Gardiner helped organize the Norwalk Branch of the State Bank of Ohio. Eighteen years later, he helped establish and became president of the Norwalk National Bank. He also played an active role in the area's early railroad development. In 1850, Gardiner helped secure the charter of the Toledo, Norwalk and Cleveland Railroad Company. Throughout his career, he served as a director of numerous railroad companies, becoming the president of several lines. Gardiner married Frances Mary Joslin in 1843 and was the father of four children. He died in 1915 at the age of 99.

Scope and Content
The collection contains correspondence from business men and banking interests (particularly from the Buffalo, New York area) from 1837 to 1851. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the correspondents' surnames. Some regional data on the period's commercial and industrial growth is discernable.

Ac. 5427

Papers, 1837-1851

1. Barnes, W. L., 1843-1850
2. Calkins & Darrows, 1844
3. Camp, Jno. G., 1849-1850
4. Carpenter, R. B., 1848-1849
5. Fish, H. H., 1849
6 Gibson, E. T. H., 1844-1849
7. Hout, William, 1844
8. Hyde, William S., 1844
9. Joslin, John H., 1837-1851
10. Joslin, R. O., 1845-1849
11. Kent, Poag, and Co., 1849-1850
12. McEwen, F. C., 1840-1844
13. Miller, C. R., 1848-1849
14. Mygar, George, 1836
15. Patchin Bank of Buffalo, 1848-1849
16. Ryner, J. P., 1848-1849
17. Smith, G. T., 1847-1850
18. Walker, H. C., 1847-1849
19. Wetherill, J. W., 1849
20. Miscellaneous, 1837-1851