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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Charles Kydd

THE shipping business in the United States, to a large extent, has been developed by Scotsmen; not alone transatlantic commerce, but that with the British dominions and other countries. One of the leading spirits in developing the trade with Australia and New Zealand is Charles Kydd, a member of R. W. Cameron & Co., New York.

Mr. Kydd was born in Forfar, Scotland, January 17, 1847, the son of Alexander and Ann Ormond Kydd. He was educated in the schools of Forfar and Edinburgh, and acquired his early business training in the National Bank of Scotland, beginning as a clerk in 1863, and in the Bank of British North America, where he secured employment in 1873. He came to the United States in 1870. After leaving the Bank of British North America, 1874, he connected himself with the house of R. W. Cameron & Co., Australian merchants, of which firm he has been a partner for more than twenty years. He has taken an active part in the building up of commercial relations between America and Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He is a director and member of the Executive Committee of the United States and Australasian Steam-ship Co., New York. Mr. Kydd attributes his success solely to persistent application to business and patient effort to improve every opportunity— that success in any line can be attained only by hard work and intelligent preparation for larger usefulness.

Mr. Kydd is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the New York Chamber of Commerce, the New York Consolidated Stock Exchange and the Reform Club of New York. He is very fond of reading, and has collected a fine library and spends many happy hours among his books. He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. One of his favourite pastimes is fishing, which, with other out-of-door sports, he enjoys to the full at his summer home in Center Lovell, Maine. He is of a genial disposition, loved by his employees and has a large circle of friends.

Mr. Kydd’s city residence is 25 Tonnele Avenue, Jersey City Heights, Jersey City, N. J.; his business address, 23 South William Street, New York City.

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