Today in Michigan History

September 22, 1857

William Gwinn Mather was born.

William Gwinn Mather’s ancestors, who arrived in America in 1635, included such illustrious figures as Increase Mather and Cotton Mather. Mather began working at his family’s Cleveland Mining Company in 1878. When the company merged with the Iron Cliffs Company in 1891—creating the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company—Mather became its first president. When Mather retired in 1951, his many accomplishments included pioneering social and technological developments in the iron-mining industry.

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