JOSEPH C. BRADY, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Joseph C. Brady is chairmam of the board of directors of the Hazel Atlas Glass Company, Wheeling, West Virginia, one of the largest glass manufactoring concerns in the world. Mr. Brady, who has long been an outstanding figure in the industrial, and financial affairs of West Virginia, was born in Wheeling, September 23, 1851, the son of Sobieski and Mary (Caldwell) Brady and was the eighth in order of birth of their fifteen children. He received his early education in the public schools of Wheeling and supplemented this by attending a private school in Albemarle County, Virginia.
At the age of nineteen years he entered upon his business career, becoming connected with a wholesale hardware concern in Cincinnati, Ohio, where be remained three years. He then returned to Wheeling, becoming bookkeeper in the National Bank of West Virginia. He was subsequently connected as an office executive with the wholesale grocery firm of Joseph Speidel & Company of Wheeling and later he became manager of the Wheeling Evening Standard, which was at that time one of the leading newspapers of Wheeling. In 1880 he was made secretary and general manager of the Wheeling Hinge Company, and later originated and managed the Wheeling Metal Company, manufacturing a product which Was used entirely by glass manufacturers, thus bringing him into close contact and association with this industry.
In 1900 he was instrumental in forming a merger of his two companies with the Atlas Glass Company and the Republic Glass Company. This combination was developed into the present Hazel Atlas Glass Company, which company, starting with a capitalization of $500,000, and sales of less than $1,000,000, yearly, has become a corporation with a capital of more than $10,000,000, with yearly sales of glass and metal wares amounting to approximately $25,000,000. Ten great plants are located at Washington, Pa.; Wheeling, Clarksburg, and Grafton, W. Va.; Barnesville and Zanesville, Ohio; and Blackwell and Ada, Oklahoma.
Mr. Brady has played a dominating part in the great development of this company. Becoming director and secretary of the Hazel-Atlas in 1901, he has served continuously since either as secretary, vice president, president or chairman of the board. The steady growth and outstanding success of the Hazel Atlas Glass Company has always been materially fostered by the ideas and sustained efforts of Mr. Brady, and be counts as his greatest achievement the share he has had in the building of an organization which has demonstrated its ability to improve upon the foundation it took over, and which is looking forward with clear vision to future growth.
Mr. Brady has long been one of the representative citizens of Wheeling and West Virginia and has ever given freely of his time and means in support of measures and enterprises tending to advance the civic and material progress and prosperity of his home city and his native state. He represented Ohio County in the state legislature during the years 1895 and 1896, and was unanimously nominated to the state senate, which nomination was tantamount to election, but which he was forced to decline due to his constantly increasing business engagements.
He is a member of the Fort Henry Club of Wheeling, the Wheeling Country Club and the Hampshire Club of Romney, W. Va. He is also a vestryman of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Wheeling. It is notable that for the past hundred years some member of the Brady family bas served as a member of the vestry of this church.
Mr. Brady married, October 5, 1876, Miss Anna Hubbard, daughter of the late Hon. Chester D. Hubbard, one of the founders of West Virginia and member of Congress from this district. They have three children living, two daughters at home and one, the wife of Col. Wm. A. Mitchell, Professor of Engineering at West Point Military Academy.
Residence: Edgwood, Wheeling. Summer Home: Edgartown, Mass. Office: Hazel Atlas Glass Company, Wheeling.