VAN HORN ELY, president of the Steubenville & East Liverpool Railroad & Light Company, has been prominent in traction matters for a long period and has been identified with railroad affairs in New York and Ohio since 1899. He was born at Lockport, N. Y., July 28, 1866, and lived in his native section until he was sixteen years of age, moving to the city of Buffalo, N. Y., June 1, 1882. In 1866 he was graduated from the Buffalo High School.
Immediately after leaving school, Mr. Ely formed a business partnership in the real estate line and operated under the firm style of Bell & Ely, until 1899. When the International Railway Company was organized he was elected assistant to the president and he continued in that position until February, 1905, when he accepted the presidency of the Steubenville and East Liverpool Railway & Light Company, the East Liverpool Traction & Light Company, and the Ohio Passenger Railway Company. Mr. Ely has still other interests and is a director of the First National Bank of Toronto. On March 1, 1910, he was elected president of the Beaver County Light Company.
On October 8, 1889, Mr. Ely was married to Miss Carrie K. Kimball, of Buffalo, N. Y., and they have two children: Helen Louise, who is a student in Washington Seminary; and Van Horn, Jr. Mr. Ely and family attend the First Presbyterian Church. He is a trustee of the Steubenville Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the board of directors of the Steubenville Country Club and the Y. M. C. A. He is a member of the fraternal order of Elks and belongs also to the Royal Areanum.