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TRACY, JAMES JARED, JR.

TRACY, JAMES JARED, JR.

TRACY, JAMES JARED, JR. (27 Feb. 1884-16 May 1950), machine designer and manufacturer, held at least 28 U.S. patents, for engines, hat production machinery, and carburetors and other accessories for the AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, among other inventions. Born in Cleveland to JANE ALLYN FOOTE TRACY and JAMES JARED TRACY, SR., Tracy attended Rockwell public school and summered with his family in New London, NH. After graduating from UNIVERSITY SCHOOL (1903) and Harvard University (B.A. 1907), he worked for WHITE MOTOR CORPORATION before entering the field of machine design full-time. He did postgraduate study in mechanical engineering at Harvard. After 1923, Tracy also managed his father's extensive real estate holdings. In this capacity he presided over the Apartment House and Home Owners Association. He also served as director of the F. H. Hill Company (later the Hill Casket Company) and trustee of the Euclid Avenue Association.

On 8 June 1912 Tracy married FLORENCE COMEY TRACY of Cleveland. The couple lived in SHAKER HEIGHTS with son James J. and daughters Barbara (Mrs. Webster) Sandford, Clara (Mrs. David R.) Upson, and Ann (Mrs. Frank) Carvell. Active in civic affairs, Tracy was a life member of the FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, a trustee of UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, and once, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of EAST CLEVELAND. A Republican and a Presbyterian, he belonged to the CHURCH OF THE COVENANT and the Mayflower and New England societies. Tracy is buried in LAKE VIEW CEMETERY.