James E Gleason.pngHistorical Character

Name: James E. Gleason

Age: 42 (as of 1921)

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: White

Profession: Engineer, Businessman

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics:
- Innovative, good thinker, pioneering, intelligent, hardworking
- Son of William Gleason, brother of Kate and Andrew Gleason

- Became Mechanics Institute Manual Training Dept. Supervisor in 1903
- President of Gleason Works 1922-1947
- RAMI Board of Trustees, 1899-1964

Biography (ca. 1921):
James E. Gleason’s father, William Gleason, was the founder of the family business, Gleason Works. Their business took off into gear manufacturing after William invented the first bevel gear planer in 1874. The present location of the company was acquired in 1904, and in 1911 became 1000 University Avenue.

Like his sister Kate, James Gleason attended Cornell University, and upon graduation, joined in on the family business. His major concentration, unlike that of Kate’s role of businesswoman and saleswoman, was focused towards machine design and production. He became the company’s president in 1922. Over his career at Gleason Works, he was awarded more than 30 patents for his work, and in 1939 received the Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also served as president of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the National Machine Tool Builders Association, and as a trustee of the University of Rochester over his lifetime.