Lewis M. Ludow

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Pam Honaker
October 28, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
Pg. 464


LEWIS M. LUDLOW is president and manager of the Acme Fishing Tool
Company, one of the important industries that contribute to the prestige
Parkersburg enjoys as a business and industrial center o f the oil and gas
interests in the territory.

Mr Ludlow, who first can to West Virginia for his health and has
remained to engage in business affairs, was born at Ludlow, near New York
City, in Westchester County, New York , May 25 1884, son of Thomas W. and
Harriet (Carnochan) Ludlow, his father English and his mother of
English-Scot ancestry. The New York town of Ludow was named for his
grandfather, Thomas W. Ludlow, who gave the right of way to the New York
Central Railroad.

Lewis M. Ludlow was reared at Ludlow, attended St. John’s School and
Military Academy at Ossining, New York and subsequently entered Columbia
University at New York City, where he pursued special studies for about
three years. Lack of money not permitting him to remain to graduate, he
turned his attention to the confectionery business, and having for some time
suffered ill health he sought a change of climate, removing to West Virginia
in 1910. For two years he was in Roane County with the Louis F. Payn Oil
Company, and his work pur him in practical touch with every phase of oil
production. With this experience he felt justified in entering the oil
business on his own account, but in a short time had lost all his capital
and the venture was almost disastrous.

Mr. Ludlow in 1912 became associated with the late George L. McKain,
founder and president of the Acme Fishing Tool Company at Parkersburg. He
remained with Mr. McKain until 1912, when he resigned his position to enter
into the importing business in New York City. Upon the death of Mr. McKain
he returned to Parkersburg and again associated himself with the Acme
Fishing Tool Company, in the capacity of president.

Mr. Ludlow is a member of the Episcopal Church, is a republican,
belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, Country Club, is a
member of the advisory and thirty-second degree Scottish rite Mason, a
member of Nemesis Temple of the Shrine, and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. In 1914 he married Harriet McKain, daughter of George L.
McKain. They have one daughter, Ann.