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BAEHR, HERMANN C. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

BAEHR, HERMANN C. (16 Mar. 1866-4 Feb. 1942), a businessman and politician, served as county recorder (1904-09) and mayor of Cleveland (1910-12). He was an officer of the CLEVELAND-SANDUSKY BREWING CORP., vice-president of the Forest City Savings & Loan, and a director of Cleveland Trust bank. Baehr was born in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Jacob and Magdalena Zipf Baehr. His parents had lived in Cleveland from 1850-62 before moving to Iowa and returned here shortly after the CIVIL WAR. He was educated in public schools, quitting school at 14 to join his father's brewing company. He later attended Lehman's Scientific Academy at Worms-on-the-Rhine, and graduated from the First Scientific Station of New York in 1887. Baehr received an M.B. degree. After returning to Cleveland, Baehr was an official of the Baehr Brewing Co., which his father had founded, and became secretary and treasurer of the CLEVELAND-SANDUSKY BREWING CORP. when it took over Baehr Brewing. He married Rose Schulte in 1898. Interested in Republican party politics, Baehr was elected county recorder, serving for 5 years, and defeated TOM L. JOHNSON† for mayor in 1909. He declined to seek reelection in 1912, becoming first vice-president and director of the Forest City Savings & Trust Co. He became a director of the Cleveland Trust Bank (see AMERITRUST) when it took over Forest City Savings. He was also president of the Langenau Mfg. Co. Baehr had no children and died in Los Angeles, Calif.

Hermann Baehr Papers, WRHS.

Last Modified: 11 Jul 1997 02:10:33 PM

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