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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Hon. Walter Reid Callender


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.


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