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Chamberlain, H. S. (Hiram Sanborn, 1835-1916)



Hiram Sanborn Chamberlain was born in Franklin, Ohio on August 6, 1835. He attended the Eclectic Institutes, which would later be named Hiram College. In 1861, Chamberlain enlisted in the Second Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and was appointed quarter-seargeant during his first month. He was serving in Knoxville under General Ambrose Burnside when the city was taken in September 1863. President Abraham Lincoln promoted him to captain and assistant quartermaster in May 1864.


Hiram S. Chamberland was a founder of the modern iron industry in the South. He began his career in iron in 1871 when he, along with five Welshmen, created the Knoxville Iron Company. He was a partner of A.J. Albers in a retail drug store, which eventually became Albers Drug Company and still exists today.


Chamberlain moved to Chattanooga in 1871 to become vice-president of the Roane Iron Company. In 1880 he became president of the company, a title he held until his death in 1916. Chamberlain achieved much in his time in Chattanooga, quickly becoming a prominent citizen in the community. Some of his accomplishments are as follows: he founded the Citico Furnace Company, was vice-president of the First National Bank of Chattanooga, vice-president of the Chickamauga Trust Company and the Columbian Iron Works, and he served as the president of the board of trustees of the University of Chattanooga and the president of the school board of Chattanooga.


"Hiram Sanborn Chamberlain." The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, accessed September 3, 2015.

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Douglas Chamberlain papers

Identifier: MS-007
Scope and Contents This collection contains business records, newspaper clippings regarding local history and the Roane Iron Company from 1916 to 1982. Many of these clippings are a column about the history of Roane County, especially the role of the Roane Iron Company in local history, written by Snyder Roberts. Also included are clippings related to local history, and a group of photo clippings of a 1973 area flood. Also included are a group of transcripts from a bicentennial lecture forum organized by the...
Dates: 1916-1982
Found in: Manuscripts