William Albert Stinchcomb was born June 5, 1878 in a farmhouse on what is now Denison Avenue in Cleveland.
He attended West High and left at age 16 to go to work for the National Iron and Wire Co.
In 1895, he became a surveyor with the City of Cleveland Engineering Dept. In 1902, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the City Parks Dept. A few years later, he was elected Cuyahoga County Engineer, and as such, he directed the construction of the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
Starting in 1905, Stinchcomb worked tirelessly to promote his idea of a park around Cleveland, eventually resulting in the establishment of the Metropolitan Park District. And in 1905 also, he married Annie May Long. They lived on Edgewater Drive, and had two children.
In 1917, Stinchcomb ran for mayor of Cleveland but lost to Harry L. Davis. In 1921, he was appointed Park District director-secretary, a position he held for 36 years until his retirement.
In his personal life, he was a member of the Orpheus Male Chorus; a 33rd degree Mason; a president of the Cleveland Automobile Club, the City Club, and the Cleveland Kiwanis club; a director of the Cleveland Railway Co.; a vice-president of Broadview Savings; and a trustee of Hiram College.
Stinchcomb died January 17, 1959, and is buried at West Park Cemetery, 3942 Ridge Road, Cleveland.
By Gay A. Christensen-Dean
Sources: lakewoodhistory.org, ech.case.edu, clevelandmetroparks.com
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