ATMI Presidents 1910-1920

ATMI Presidents D.Y. Cooper, 1910-1911, was president of Henderson Cotton Mills and Harriett Cotton
Mills, Henderson, N.C. He was born in Granville County, N.C., April 21, 1847 and died in Henderson
on December 20, 1920. As ACMA president, he stressed development of a sounder foreign trade.Captain
Ellison A. Smyth, 1911-1912, was associated with Francis J. Pelzer in establishing Pelzer
Manufacturing Company at Pelzer, S.C. and was a founder, officer or director of a number of other
mills in South and North Carolina. He is credited with installing the first incandescent lighting
system in an American cotton mill in f1882: the first electric drives used in cotton mill in 1895;
and the purchase of the first Draper automatic looms. He also was involved in banking, in the
newspaper business, and in the electric power industry. As president of the South Carolina Cotton
Manufacturers Association, he was the first to sponsor a state child labor law. Captain Smyth was
born in Charleston on October 25, 1847 and died August 3, 1942 at the age of 94.W. A. Erwin,
1912-1913, began his textile career in 1882 and for some 11 years served as general manager and
treasurer of E. M. Holt Plaid Mills in Alamance County, N.C. He established Erwin Cotton Mills Co.
a West Durham, N.C., and, at the time of his death, also controlled the Durham Cotton Manufacturing
Company, the Pearl Cotton Mills, Oxford Cotton Milles, Locke Cotton Mills Co. and Erwin Yarn Co. He
was born July 15, 1856 and died February 28, 1932.Scott Maxwell, 1915-1916, began his career at
Androscoggin Bag Mill, Lewiston, Me., and worked in mills in New England, South Carolina and
Alabama before becoming mill agent at Indian Head Mills, Cordova, Ala. in 1903, a post he held
until his death in 1916. He was born at Webster, Me., July 8, 1855, and died November 4, 1916 at
Dover, N.H.John A. Law, 1916-1917, worked actively for a closer relationshop between Southern and
New England manufacturers. He was a member of the committee that organized the Cotton-Textile
Institute, and was an original member of the National Industrial Conference Board. He served for
many years as president of Saxon Mills, Spartanburg, S.C.Fuller E. Callaway, 1917-1918, organized
and directed anumber of cotton mills in Georgia, the best known being Callaway Mills at LaGrange.
He served as ACMA president during the difficult first year of World War I, then became chairman of
the Commission on European Representation at the World Cotton Conference, which he served as vice
president. He was born at LaGrange, Ga., on lJuly 15, 1870 and died February 12, 1928. A son, Cason
J. Callaway, served as Association president 1931-1932, and another son, Fuller E. Callaway, Jr.,
was first vice president.Arthur J. Draper, 1918-1919, president of Chadwick-Hoskins Co., Charlotte,
also served as president of the North Carolina Cotton Manufacturers Association. He was born on
April 28, 1875 and died April 26, 1932.James D. Hammett, 1919-1920, was born March 16, 1868 at
Greenville, son of Colonel Henry Pinckney Hammett, one of the South’s pioneer cotton manufacturers.
He began work at the bottom of the mill in 1890, because assistant treasurer of Orr Cotton Mills,
Anderson, S.C. in 1900 and went on to organize Chiquola Manufacturing Co., Honea Path, S.C. and to
serve as president of Chiquola, Anderson Cotton Mills, Brogan Mills and Orr Cotton Mills, all at
Anderson and Watts Mills, Laurens, S.C. He was a director of Piedmoont and Northern Railway and
active in banking. A son, L.O. Hammett, became president of the South Carolina Cotton Manufacturers
Association.Stuart W. Cramer, 1913-1914, is credited with having planned or equipped one-third of
the cotton mills operating in the South at the time of World War I. An inventor of note, he was
granted more than 60 patents. He was president of the National Council of American Cotton
Manufacturers in 1917-1918 and again from 1920 to 1927. He was a vice president of the
Cotton-Textile Institure, and a director and treasurer of the Textile Foundation. The National
Association of Cotton Manufacturers awarded him a medal in 1913 for his work on the protective
tariff.T. I. Hickman, 1914-1915, was second president of The Graniteville Co., 1889-1915. As
Association president, he campaigned energetically for more extesive use of cotton goods, even
attempting to get railroads to replace the traditional blue serge of conductors with cotton khaki.
He was born April 14, 1866 an died in Augusta, Ga., on March 21, 1941.