Wait, Horatio Loomis was born on August 8, 1836 in New York, New York, United States. Son of Joseph and Harriet Heileman (Whitney) Wait.
Educated Trinity school and Columbia Grammar School, New York. Came to Chicago, 1856.
Father of Henry Heileman W. Enlisted in Company D, 60th Illinois Infantry, 1861, but later became p.-m. with rank of master, United States Navy. Served under Admirals Dupont and Farragut in blockading Savannah, Pensacola and Mobile, and on Admiral Dahlgren’s flagship, at bombardment of Fort Sumter and siege of Charleston. On United States Ship Ino after war, European Squadron.
Promoted to p.-m. with rank of lieutenant commander, 1865, and on various duties until 1870, resigned. Returned to Chicago, and admitted to bar, 1870. Master in chancery of Circuit Court of Cook Company, since 1876.
Assisted in organization of Illinois Naval Reserves, 1893. One of founders of the Charity Organization Society Episcopalian. For some years superintendent Tyng Mission S.S. Home: Chicago, Ill.