James E Gleason.pngPerspective character

Name: James Ernie Gleason
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White
Profession: Engineer/Businessman - Gleason Works
Home Location: Rochester
Memberships/Factions: Aristocrats
Relationships:
Father - William Gleason
Siblings - Kate and Andrew Gleason
Disposition: High-tempered, motivated
High concept: Educating future engineers
Special skills/abilities:
Business, teaching, critical thinking, diligence, innovation
Notable flaws/weaknesses:
Very high temper - Easy to engage with/yell at others
Memberships/Factions/Affiliations:
Basic appearance description (daily, avg):
Broad-shouldered, average height, thinning hair, serious look on his face
Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
Become president of Gleason Works
Inspire New Engineers
Continue upon his father's success and keep building the company


Narrative


Background (family, education, important life events)
James Gleason was born in Rochester in 1879. During his upbringing, he was taught discipline and respect by his father William, who he sees as a role model and a leader. Having learned the importance of a good education, he, like his sister, attended Cornell University. After graduating, he not only joined the family business, Gleason Works, but also became part of the board of trustees at RAMI in 1899. He became the supervisor for the Manual Training Department at RAMI in 1903. His current wealthy aristocratic status came as not only as a result of his social circumstances at birth, but also his drive to innovate and achieve inside and outside of the company.

While he is respected my many, and had his successes as a businessman and an engineer, his strict upbringing and desire to become the perfect successor to his father lead him to be known for his high stress and often short temper. He is often over-critical of not only his own work, but others’ as well. With this temper, though, he has a deep passion not only for the success of his company, but the education of the new generations as well. (After all, the industry will never grow without the properly-educated people to drive it forward).

Current 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. As of 1921, he has made himself known in the engineering field, and he is currently aspiring to become the company’s president.