Biography of Daniel B. Luther

The business acumen and energy of Daniel B. Luther, of Warren, Rhode Island, has resulted in the upbuilding of an important enterprise, the E. M. Martin Lumber Company, which is one of the foremost business establishments of the city. Mr. Luther has long been associated with the company and since 1919 has been sole owner.

Daniel B. Luther was born in Warren, June 17, 1867, son of Daniel B. and Susan E. (West) Luther. The father, also a native of Warren, was a sea captain all his life, and a gallant one, serving his country as a blockade runner during the Civil War. The mother, born at Seekonk, Massachusetts, is notv living. The son was educated in the public and high schools and rounded out his preparation for business by a course at Schofield Business College in Providence.

His business career began rather humbly as a grocer, where he mastered the rudiments of commercial practice and remained for three years. In 1891 he joined the staff of the E. M. Martin Lumber Company, for which he first served as yard man. He continued to advance to positions of greater and greater responsibility and to make himself master of the necessary information for conducting a lumber enterprise. By the year 1909, he was able to become a partner in the E. M. Martin Lumber Company, and a short decade later to buy out his partners and become sole proprietor. The enterprise prospers under his able and discreet management, for he knows the lumber industry thoroughly and knows the local and adjacent markets. Mr. Luther is a man of rare initiative combined with prudence, and his ventures are most successful. He is a member of the Board of Managers of the Branch of Industrial Trust Company; also a member of the Warren Lions’ Club, and in politics he is an Independent. He attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. His hobby is gardening.

Daniel B. Luther married, in 1907, Margaret Beam, who was born in Canada. They are the parents of a son:

  1. Edward Luther, a student (1929).

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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