WALTER REID CALLENDER was born in Providence, R. I.,
February 28, 1872, son of Captain Walter Callender and Ann Oswald
Crow. He was graduated from Yale University in 1894,
receiving the degree of B.A., and that of M.A. in 1897, and is a member of
the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Elihu Club.
After three years with Brown, Thomson & Co., Hartford,
he entered the dry goods firm of his father, Callender, McAuslan & Troup
Co., Providence. where his education, energy and ability have found full
scope and he has advanced to be Vice-President and Treasurer of this
prosperous wholesale and retail business, the largest of its kind in Rhode
Island. Mr. Callender is also Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the
Boston Store Land Co., and a director of the Rhode Island Hospital Trust
Company, the oldest Trust Company in New England. He is a director of the
Providence Ice Cornpany, Providence Credit Men’s Association, Rhode Island
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Commercial
Club, and a trustee of the Providence Public Library. In all his business
connections and associations he has shown such marked ability, strong
character and popular personality as to become a leading factor in the
business and civic life of the community. In politics, Mr. Callender is an
independent. He served as Police Commissioner of the City of Providence
with distinction and public satisfaction from 1910 to 1913.
Mr. Callender is a life member of the St. Andrew’s
Society of the State of New York, the American Academy of Political and
Social Science, the American Museum of Natural History, the American Civic
Association, the National Geographic Society, the Rhode Island Historical
Society, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is Vice-President of
the Hope and University Clubs, Providence, and of the Yale Association of
Rhode Island, and a member of the University and the Yale Clubs, New York.
He is a member of the Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence.
Mr. Callender is unmarried, and takes a keen interest
in out-of-door sports, his chief recreations being golf and tennis.