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Morton Claude Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 10, 1885

Date of Death: January 31, 1957

Birth Place: Amherst, OH

Death Place: Toledo, OH

SEELEY, Morton Claude, lawyer was born in Amherst, Ohio, July 10, 1885, son of George Lewis and Luette (Spitzer) Seeley and grandson of Morton Claude and Sophia (Onstine) Seeley. His father was a banker. Morton C. Seeley attended Oberlin College during 1904-06 and was graduated B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1908 and J.D. at the University of Chicago in 1910. Admitted to the Ohio bar in the last named year, he began an independent practice in Toledo, Ohio, in which during an early period he represented a number of concerns engaged in the sale of municipal bonds. He served as counsel for the Toledo Railways & Light Co. from 1916 to 1933. He then resumed private practice, specializing in the reorganization, management, financing, and sale of various Midwest businesses, including a number of gas and electric utility companies, and at the time of his death he was senior partner in the firm of Seeley, Brackney & McClure, Toledo. In 1934 Seeley helped in the reorganization of the Bock Laundry Machine Co., Toledo, of which he was a director thereafter until his death. From 1939 until the close of his life he was attorney for the Toledo Metropolitan Housing Authority, and for many years he acted as attorney for Henry J. Spieker Co., Contractors, Toledo, and the Spitzer Building Co., of which he was vice-president from 1951 until his death, as well as a director. Active also in banking, he was a director and from 1939 to 1947 president at the Oakharbor (Ohio) State Bank, which was founded in 1887 by his uncle, Adelbert L. Spitzer, Esq. And his father, who was once its president. Additionally, he was a director for a number of years at the Merchants & Clerks Bank of Toledo. Seeley was a member of the American, Ohio State, and Toledo bar associations, the Toledo and Toledo County clubs and Alpha Tau Omega. In politics he was a Republican. Reading was his chief recreation. He was married in Toledo, June 1, 1918, to Rachel, daughter of John Christian Keller of that place, a grain dealer. Morton C. Seeley died without issue in Toledo, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1957.

Page 347, “National Cyclopedia of American Biography” . (NY: J.T. White, 1898-1984), vol. 48.

[Grandson of Morton C. SGS # 2849– Morton Claude; George Lewis; Morton C. (#2849); Eli Lewis; Eli; David; Joseph; John; Nathaniel; Robert]

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