John W. Blodgett

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John Wood Blodgett
Born (1860-07-26)July 26, 1860
Hersey, Michigan
Died November 21, 1951(1951-11-21) (aged 91)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American
Alma mater

Occupation Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Director
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Minnie Cumnock Blodgett married 1895 until her death 1931
  • John Wood Blodgett, Jr. (1901 - 1987)
  • Kathrine Cumnock Blodgett Hadley ((1898-01-13)January 13, 1898 - August 11, 1980(1980-08-11) (aged 82))
  • Delos A. Blodgett
  • Jennie S. Wood

John Wood Blodgett was a lumberman, civic leader, and philanthropist. He was born on a frontier farm where the present village of Hersey, Michigan, now sits, to logging and sawmill operation owner Delos A. and Jane Wood Blodgett.[1]


John's father built a school for the settlement where he received his early education, then attended Todd Seminary, Woodstock, IL, and Military Academy in Worcester, MA, graduating in 1876. Expecting college, his father's illness directed John into the family's pine-logging and milling interests, quickly learning the trade.[1]

National Lumber Manufacturers Association[edit]

Blodgett was president of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association in 1922, 1923, and 1930.[1]

Blodgett family archive[edit]

According to the Finding aid for Blodgett Family papers, 1872-1953 [2] abstract at Bentley Historical Library within the University of Michigan Digital Library, the family archive contains :

Blodgett's consolidation of three banks during the depression protected many of his clients' homes and account balances. The product of that consolidation was the American Home Security Bank. He and his wife, Minnie, were quite the philanthropists, noted for the Blodgett Memorial Hospital, the Clinic for Infant Feeding, Vassar College's Minnie Cumnock Blodgett Hall of Euthenics, The Association for the Blind, among many others.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Hannan, Caryn; Herman, Jennifer L. (1998). Michigan Biographical Dictionary A-I. Vol. 1 (1st ed.). New York: Somerset Publishers, Inc. ISBN 1878592955. 
  2. ^ Michigan Historical Collections staff. "BHL: Blodgett Family papers, 1872-1953". Retrieved 6 September 2013.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Lewis, Norma; De Vries, Jay (2012). Legendary Locals of Grand Rapids, Michigan (1st ed.). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub. ISBN 1467100234.