Barnes, Julius H. - from United States
Country of meeting: in the year 1922
Julius Howland Barnes, Duluth, Minnesota industrialist, had a long record pf public and private service. As an industrialist, he was President of the Barnes-Duluth Shipbuilding Company and the McDougall-Duluth Company, Chairman of the Duluth Klearflax Linen Looms, and, as Chairman of the Erie and Saint Lawrence Corporation at New York, operated a fleet of freighters along the Great Lakes-Erie Canal and Atlantic Coast.
His public service record shows him as head of the Food Administration Grain Corporation in 1917 under Herbert Hoover and as U.S. Wheat Director by special appointment of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. He was also President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1921-1924 and Chariman of the same organization from 1929-1931. His capacity in these functions is shown by the awards and decorations received throughout his career. He was decorated by six European nations, awarded honorary degress from five universities including Harvard, and was given a testimonial dinner by the National Businessmen in 1920 at Washington D.C. Perhaps his most enduring memorial is the Saint Lawrence Seaway for which he was an ardent and perhaps the primary supporter and activist for nearly half a century. He was president of the National St. Lawrence Association from 1944-1949 and honorary chairman of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Association.
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