Edward R. Stettinius

Edward Reilly Stettinius (February 15, 1865 - September 3, 1925) was an American executive. He was president of Diamond Match Company in Barberton, Ohio, for a time. After the start of World War I, he worked at J. P. Morgan and Company coordinating the purchase of war supplies for the Allies. When the United States entered the war, he went to work in its War Department.

Edward R. Stettinius
Edward Reilly Stettinius

(1865-02-15)February 15, 1865
DiedSeptember 3, 1925(1925-09-03) (aged 60)
EducationSt. Louis University
Known forPresident of Diamond Match Company
Spouse(s)Judith Carrington
ChildrenEdward Stettinius Jr.


Stettinius was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a wholesale grocer.

He was educated at St. Louis University. The needs of his family obligated him to drop out of school at age 16, and he went to work for a grocery firm and then a hat and cap firm. He then tried several lines of business on his own account, but was not very successful, and went to work in a banking firm.[1]

By 1891, both his mother and father had died, and he went to the commodity exchange at the Chicago Board of Trade, but did not find that he could satisfactorily predict the price of wheat and left to become treasurer in the Stirling Boiler Company.[1] The business panic of 1893 obligated him to add several other tasks to the one of treasurer. As conditions improved, he began to work in sales, doing well enough that he became general manager of the company. His participation in the merger of that company and several others in the same line to form Babcock & Wilcox helped his reputation, and he was recruited to work at Diamond Match Company, where he became president in 1909. His employer at Stirling was O. C. Barber, who also used his influence to make him president at Diamond Match, where Stettinius succeeded him.

At the beginning of World War I, Stettinius went to work as a partner for J. P. Morgan and Company where he worked as chief buyer of war supplies for the Allies, overseeing a work force of around 150 people. When the United States entered the war, he went to work for the War Department, in charge of procurement and production of supplies for the Army. On April 6, 1918, he became Assistant Secretary of War. He received the Distinguished Service Medal from the War Department in recognition of his service.

After the war, he went back to work for Morgan and Company, devoting his attention to restructuring large companies.[1] He died at Locust Valley, New York on September 3, 1925.[2]


He married Judith Carrington of Richmond, Virginia. They had four children, among them Stettinius's namesake, Edward Stettinius Jr., who also worked as a business executive, and was Secretary of State for a time.


  1. Robert James Maddox (1999). "Stettinius, Edward Reilly". American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Shaw, William Bristol (1935). "Stettinius, Edward Riley". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.


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