L. H. Mandeville, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of L. H. Mandeville

L. H. MANDEVILLE, photographer, is a native of Trumansburg, N. Y., was born January 15, 1825, and is one of four children of Thomas C. and Mercy (Gilbert) Mandeville, natives of that state, and of Norman descent. Francis Mandeville, our subject's grandfather, was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and Thomas Mandeville, our subject's father was a soldier in the war of 1812 and the Seminole war. Generations back, the family were among the nobility of Holland and England. Until thirteen years of age, L. H. Mandeville was reared in his native town. In 1838, he came to Erie, Penn., and there engaged as clerk in a dry goods store of that place, afterward going west of the city of Erie about six miles, where he took charge of the extension of the Erie Canal. While there, in 1850, he was united in marriage with Sarah Jane Brown, and moved to Adrian, Mich., where he engaged in farming. Then went to Tecumseh, Mich., where he kept hotel for about one year; then May 5, 1855, came to Valparaiso, where he has ever since resided. He here embarked in this present business. He is naturally of a mechanical turn of mind, and for a number of years has paid considerable attention to the mechanical work. He has invested several different engines, which have proved to be of great value as labor-saving instruments. The best and most noted of his inventions is an automatic telephone, which for a distance under three miles far exceeds any ever invented. Mr. Mandeville began life's battle a poor boy, but by industry and economy has placed himself and family in good comfortable circumstances. He is a Democrat; is the present Master of the F. & A. M., and has ascended to the R. A. degree. He and wife are members of the Universalists Church, and the parents of one son - Cassius E., who married Elma Wells, and is a dry good merchant of Valparaiso.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 258-259

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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