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Robert J. Caldwell

cotton merchant , banker , manufacturer

Robert J. Caldwell, American cotton merchant, manufacturer, banker.


Caldwell, Robert J. was born on May 12, 1875 in Louisville. Son of John Armour and Margaret W. (Cook) Caldwell.


Graduate Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Doctor of Laws, Rollins College, 1927.


Began as salesman in cotton house. Established R. J. Caldwell Company and Connecticut Mills Company, 1910, Canadian Connecticut Cotton Mills, R. J. Caldwell, Ltd., and Connecticut Cottons Company, 1913. Retired from active business.

Formerly director of many corporations and of Seaboard National Bank. Member of council of Profit Sharing Industries, Akron. Veteran of the 1st Cavalry, National Guard of New York During World War financed airplane Investigation which resulted in reorganization of Air Service.

Was Chairman of Commission on industrial relations of National Republican Advisory Committee on Policies and Platform, also of industrial relations committee of National Republican Club. Special industrial commissioner to Europe for United States Government, 1919. Guest of French Government, 1919, in behalf of rehabilitation of devastated area.

Special economic commissioner for United States Government to Great Britain, Czechoslovakia and Belgium, 1920, and was awarded honorary diploma Masarykova Akademia Prace, Prague, 1923. Presented to the City of Prague in 1928, the first statue erected in Czechoslovakia, of President Masaryk.


  • Author: Industrial Democracy. Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before. Paramount Issue

  • also writer of many articles.

    Delivered addresses at Yale, Columbia and Rollins Colls.


Served as first American delegate to Federation of League of Nations Socs., Vienna, 1923. Member of committee Religious Minorities of Church Peace Union. Member Council on Foreign Relations.

Member American Committee of International Labor Office of Geneva and Montreal. Member France-America Society, English Speaking Union, Pilgrims, Academy Political Sciences, American Society Legion of Honor. St. George’s Society of New York.

Clubs: Overseas Press, Church (New York).


Married Jean B. Holmes, April. Children: Tracy Fairfax, Jean (Mistress.

John Armour Caldwell

Margaret W. (Cook) Caldwell

Jean B. Holmes

Tracy Fairfax Caldwell

Jean (Mrs Caldwell