Hermon Lamott Dresser

Hermon Dresser (Image: Duluth Public Library)

Hermon Lamott Dresser, chief engineer of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway Company, of Duluth, is a native of Granger, Allegheny county, N. Y., where he was born on January 24, 1851. His parents were Joel and Belinda A. (Button) Dresser, both of New England ancestry, and followed the occupation of farming the greater part of their lives. They educated their son Hermon in the district schools of Allegheny county and in the Angelica Academy in New York. He was reared on the farm of his father, where he remained until he was twenty-five years of age, and then decided to venture on his own account.

In 1880 he engaged as rodman in the engineering department of railroads in southern Iowa and Missouri, and served consecutively as rodman and instrument man for various roads in that section for five years. He qualified as engineer in 1882, and in all the various capacities he was a first-class man and highly recommended by the company. From 1886 to 1887 he had charge of construction work for the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City, now the Chicago & Great Western railroad, and for the Iowa Central railway from 1889 to 1890. He came to Duluth in the latter year, where he has since resided, and had charge of construction work for the Duluth & Winnipeg road. From September, 1890, to 1892, he was chief engineer of the same road.

In November of 1892 he became assistant chief engineer of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railroad Company, of which he has been chief engineer since May 17, 1899, and is also a director of the road.

Mr. Dresser is a man of excellent business qualifications, and his management of railroad affairs has made him famous in that line of business. He is active and enterprising, generous, kindhearted and genial, and is considered one of Duluth’s most valuable citizens. He was married at Jefferson, Iowa, October 23, 1872, to Miss Phoebe Rhodes. They have a family of four children, viz.: Lulu A., Mina E., Elbert H., and Ethel F.

In political sentiment Mr. Dresser has always been a strong supporter of the Republican candidates; is broad-minded and liberal in his views, and ready to aid in every way possible for the best interests of his neighbors. He is a thirty-second degree member of the Masonic order, a Knight Templar, and Shriner, and belongs to the Commercial and Boat clubs of Duluth.


  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.
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