Louis Graveraet Kaufman
Kaufman, c. 1910
BornNovember 13, 1870
DiedMarch 19, 1942
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPresident of First National Bank of Marquette, Chatham National Bank of New York, Chatham Phenix National Bank and Trust Company
Board member ofGeneral Motors
Spouse(s)Marie Julia Young

Louis Graveraet Kaufman (November 13, 1870 – March 19, 1942) was an American business executive and businessman. He was named president of First National Bank of Marquette in Marquette, Michigan in 1906.[1] In 1910 he became the president of Chatham National Bank of New York,[1] also remaining president of First National.[2] Under Kaufman, Chatham National soon merged with Phenix National to form the Chatham Phenix National Bank and Trust Company.[3] By the time Kaufman retired in 1932, the bank had increased 50-fold in size.[4] Joining General Motors's board of directors in 1910, Kaufman remained on GM's board for 22 years, and was chairman of their finance committee.[2]

Early life and career

He was born on November 13, 1870, in Marquette, Michigan, the son of Samuel and Juliet Kaufman.[5] Louis was educated in Marquette, and worked as a bookkeeper at the Iron Bay Manufacturing Company for two years.[5] When he was 19, he became a messenger for the Marquette County Savings Bank.[1] In 1898, he became the cashier-manager of that bank, and in 1901 became the vice president of Marquette's First National Bank. In 1906, he was named president of First National.[1] By this time, Kaufman was associated with both the First National Bank and the Marquette County Savings Bank, and he was a director or officer for a number of other local mining, railroading, or insurance companies.[5]

In 1910, he became the president of Chatham National Bank of New York,[1] although only after receiving special dispensation allowing him to remain president of First National Bank of Marquette.[2] The bank soon merged with Phenix National to form the Chatham Phenix National Bank and Trust Company.[3] This was the first of many mergers; by the time Kaufman retired in 1932, the bank had increased 50-fold in size.[4]

In addition, Kaufman was elected to General Motors's board of directors in 1910.[2] He had a major role financing William C. Durant and his 1913 reorganization of Chevrolet and General Motors.[3] Kaufman remained on GM's board for 22 years, and was chairman of their finance committee.[2]

Personal life

In 1900, Kaufman married Marie Julia Young, daughter of Otto Young; the couple had five children.[1]

He built the estate Granot Loma.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "A New Face in New York's Gallery of Bank Presidents". Moody's. 10: 391. 1910.
  2. ^ a b c d e "History of Graveraet High School". Kaufman Auditorium.org. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Granot Loma". Historic Sites Online. Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Crary, Rachel (October 24, 2007). "Dinner with Kaufmans Part of Museum Auction". The Mining Journal. Marquette, MI.
  5. ^ a b c Biographical Record Houghton, Baraga and Marquette Counties. 1903. p. 317.

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