Successful Chicago banker and meat-packing executive.
1855-1915 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Born in Utica, New York, Edward Tilden moved to Chicago as a young man, and in 1883 became a general bookkeeper at Drovers National Bank, Union Stock Yards. The same year, he formed the investment banking firm of Edward Tilden and Company, and the firm became involved in many stock yards businesses.
In 1897, Tilden became treasurer, and later president, of the packing company, Libby, McNeil & Libby. Tilden was also the president of National Packing Company and the president of the Chicago Board of Education.
A close associate of Gustavus Swift, he was executor of Swift’s estate when the packing giant died in 1903.
Did You Know?
In 1915, the Board of Education renamed Lake High in memory of Edward F. Tilden, one of its former members. Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School - drawing courtesy of Bill Latoza.