ALBERT H. VEEDER
From Mohawk, NY to Chicago, IL
Contributed by Lisa Slaski
Transcribed by Joanne Murray
ALBERT H. VEEDER
This eminent corporation lawyer, whose standing at the bar is second to
that of no other practitioner, and whose reputation extends beyond the
limits of Illinois, was born in Fonda, Montgomery County, N.Y., on April
1, 1844, the son of Henry and Rachel (Lansing) Veeder. He graduated from
Union College in 1865, and soon after came to Illinois, taking up his
residence at Galva, where, from 1866 until 1868, he was Superintendent
of Schools. During these years he also applied himself to the study of
law, and in 1868 was admitted to the bar. For six years he practiced his
profession in the rural city, but in 1874 a natural ambition for a wider
field prompted him to come to Chicago. He made his home in the Town of
Lake, and served as attorney for the town during 1874-76, making for
himself a brilliant and enviable record. His light was not long
permitted to remain "hid under a bushel," his broad learning, sound
judgment, power of quick perception and signal ability soon bringing him
a large and wealthy clientage. The great corporations doing business in
Lake were among the first to recognize his worth and avail themselves to
his services. Among the important companies in which he is a director
may be named the Union Stock Yards & Transit Company; the Junction
Railway; the Stock Yards Companies of St. Louis, St. Joseph, and San
Francisco; the Consumers' Cotton-Seed Oil Company, Swift & Company,
and Libby, McNeil & Libby. His eldest son, Henry, is associated with him as a partner.
In private life Mr. Veeder is frank, genial and of unfailing courtesy.
He has innumerable friends, and is best loved by those who know him best. He belongs
to the Kenwood and Chicago Athletic Clubs, and is a Knight Templar, a Thirty-second Degree
Mason, and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. In politics he is a Republican, and in religious
association a Congregationalist.
Mrs. Veeder is a daughter of Mr. Isaac C. Duryea, of Schenectady, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Veeder
were married August 15, 1865, and they are the parents of four children.
Source: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, and History of Cook County," Volume II. Bateman, Newton LL.D. and Paul Selby, A.M., editors. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1905. Page 1015.