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Diana J. Kleiner

PEDEN, EDWARD ANDREW (1868–1934). Edward Andrew Peden, Houston merchant and civic leader, the son of David Dantzler and Fannie (Dickey) Peden, was born in Calhoun County, Georgia, on March 5, 1868. He attended Sam Bailey Institute in Griffin, Georgia. In 1882 he was a clerk at Inman and Company, cotton merchants, in Houston. He entered the hardware and mill-supply business in 1890 and formed Smith, Peden, and Company with his father in 1891. In 1894 his brother joined the partnership, and in 1902 the firm incorporated as Peden Iron and Steel Company, a supply house for wholesale hardware, iron and steel, railway, and mill and oil wells. The company at one time had branches in San Antonio and Shreveport, Louisiana, and markets in Mexico. Peden served as the first chairman of the Harris County Navigation and Canal Company. He was a director of the First National Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Ashbel Smith Land Company and president of the Ship Channel Land Company, the Goose Creek Oil Company, and the Houston Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of the board of the Houston Lighting and Power Company and Deepwater Oil Refineries. He was a trustee of Daniel Baker College at Brownwood, of Rice Institute, and of the Houston Art League. He raised funds for the Houston YWCA building and Texas Presbyterian schools and colleges. During World War I Peden was the federal food administrator for Texas. At Herbert Hoover's request he went to Paris to organize the European Child Relief Bureau of the American Relief Association. In 1924 the Houston Rotary Club awarded him a medal for distinguished service to the community. In 1894 Peden married Ione Allen, with whom he had three children. After his first wife's death in 1902, he married Cora Root in 1904; the couple had one child. Peden died in Houston on July 10, 1934.


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