WADE, JEPTHA HOMER II (15 Oct. 1857-6 Mar. 1926), the grandson of
JEPTHA HOMER WADE, was a financier and
philanthropist who helped develop the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF
ART. He was born in Cleveland to Randall P. and Anna R. (McGaw) Wade.
Randall Wade (26 Aug. 1835-24 June 1876) went into the telegraph business before
becoming a bank executive in 1857. Jeptha Wade II was educated by tutors and in
private schools, graduating from Mt. Pleasant Academy in Ossining, N.Y., and
earning a master's degree from Western Reserve University. Wade developed a
close relationship with his grandfather after his father's early death. He
served as an executive in 45 companies, including railways, mining companies,
manufacturing firms, and banking institutions; and was a trustee and supporter
of Cleveland Art School, the Protestant Orphan Asylum, WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, and WRU. He also
contributed to the Children's Fresh Air Camp, Lakeside Hospital, and CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. Wade shared his
grandfather's interest in art, was one of the incorporators of the Cleveland
Museum of Art in 1913, and served as its first vice-president, becoming
president in 1920. His many contributions to the museum included a collection of
rare lace, textiles, jewels, enamels, and a number of paintings. He also
established a purchasing fund, which grew to more than $1 million. In 1878, Wade
married Ellen Garretson. Upon her death in 1917, Wade established a memorial
fund in her name to aid charities in which they were interested. Wade had 3
children: Jeptha H., Jr., George G., and Helen W. (Mrs. E.B. Greene).
Jeptha Homer Wade Family Papers, WRHS.