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BuilderID 1188

Builder Identification

Hartford, Connecticut, 1902-1911.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    L. R. Cheney was with the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, 1903, treasurer.


    • Music Trades, June 13, 1903, 23.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 14, 2018. -

    Louis Raymond Cheney was born on April 27, 1859, in South Manchester, Connecticut. His father was George Wells Cheney, a member of Cheney Brothers, a silk-manufacturing firm, and Louis began his commercial activities with that firm in Manchester in 1879, later working in Hartford, Connecticut, and for four years as the firm-s sales representative in New York City.1 In July 1902 he was elected treasurer of the Austin Organ Company, succeeding John Spencer Camp, who had resigned in January of that year. On April 22, 1904, he was elected treasurer and secretary. In 1910 Cheney and A. C. Dunham, another member of the board of directors, became large stockholders, and by 1911 Basil Austin had become alarmed when he learned that Cheney and Dunham were buying out some of the original stockholders and apparently trying to get full control of the company. On July 13, 1911, John and Basil Austin and John Spencer Camp, who was now vice president, held a special directors- meeting in which they voted that the Austin Organ Company buy all of Cheney-s and Dunham-s stock. Cheney resigned on the same date.2 He soon found other outlets for his ambitions: he served as mayor of Hartford from 1912 to 1914 and as a Connecticut state senator from 1915 to 1917 and was a director of several business companies.3 Louis Cheney died on December 17, 1944, and was buried in the East Cemetery in Manchester, Connecticut.4


    1. "Class of 1879 Hartford Public High School,” The CTGenWeb Project, accessed July 9, 2018,
    2. Orpha Ochse, Austin Organs ([Richmond, Va.]: Organ Historical Society, 2001), 68n14, 88, 127-28
    3. "Class of 1879 Hartford Public High School.”
    4. "Cheney, Louis Richmond,” The Political Graveyard, accessed July 9, 2018,

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