Elbert Henry Gary (1846- ) was an American lawyer and corporation official, born at Wheaton, Ill. He was mayor of Wheaton for two terms and county judge of DuPage County for two terms. He practiced law in Chicago for 25 years, serving as railroad and corporation counsel for various companies. Wheaton is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, located about 28 miles west of Near North Side, Chicago and Lake Michigan. ... DuPage County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States and the largest inland city in the country. ...
He became chairman of the board of directors and finance committee of U. S. Steel. The city of Gary, Ind. is named for him. The United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe. ... Gary is the largest city located in Lake County in northwest Indiana, near the city of Chicago. ...
Rising rapidly as a corporation lawyer, he became mayor of Wheaton and served two terms as county judgeafterward he was always known as Judge Gary.
He adopted a policy of management cooperation in the industry, and out of his noted Gary dinners, where policy was discussed and informal agreements were reached, grew the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Gary believed in high wages, promoted welfare and safety measures for employees, and introduced a scheme of employee stock ownership.
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