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John W. Cupit (1850-?)
Native of Nottinghamshire, England. Real estate, loan business in Bay City.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


This prominent real-estate man of Bay City has been a resident here since 1877, and has his office in an elegant suite of rooms in the Phoenix Block. He was born June 24, 1850, in Nottinghamshire, England, and is a son of Thomas and Ann (Hopkinson) Cupit. He received his education in the National Schools, and after completing a course in the grammar schools, engaged in the railway business until the time of his coming to the United States in 1871. He located in Detroit, and became Cashier in the Great Western Railway of Canada, continuing in that capacity for nearly four years. Afterward he became a purser on a steamboat of the Saginaw & Cleveland line, remaining thus employed until the fall of 1877, when he located in Bay City.

Upon first coming to this city, Mr. Cupit entered the employ of J. R. Hall, remaining with him until the summer of 1890, and during the latter part of that time had partial management of his business. At the expiration of that business engagement, Mr. Cupit and his family visited Europe, spending five months in traveling through England and the Continent, and returning in the fall of 1890.

Our subject then established his present business consisting of real estate and loans. He is also agent for a number of the principle trans-Atlantic steamship lines. In real estate he handles property for others, and also represents capital with which he effects loads on both city and county property. He is likewise Vice-President of the Savings, Building and Loan Association of Bay County, which is the oldest company of its kind in the county. It was organized October 1, 1887, and has now a membership of nearly seven thousand shares. He was one of its organizers and since that time has been its Vice-President.

For several years Mr. Cupit was a Director of the Bay City Club and now holds the same position in the Bay City Business Men's Association. He is connected with the order of Masonry, having gained the thirty-second degree, and has held prominent offices in Masonic bodies. He had charge of the commandry on its pilgrimage to Washington in October, 1889, at a time of the Triennial Conclave. He has taken an active part as a citizen in Republican politics, but is not an office seeker. He is a member of the Universalist Church Society, and holds the offices of Treasure and Trustee therein.

The marriage of our subject with Alice L., a daughter of J. R. Hall, of this city, was solemnized December 24, 1877, and to them have been granted two sons, Edwin Roberts and Harry Hall. Mr. Cupit was formerly a member of the Board of Education, but his term expired while he was absent in Europe, and he has not since sought re-election. The reader's attention is invited to a lithographic portrait of Mr. Cupit, which is shown in connection with this sketch.

Additional Notes:

  • 1878 Son, Robert E. Cupit, born Oct. 8, 1878. [birth record]

    1880 Census, Bay City, MI:

  • John W. Cupit, b. 1851, England,
  • Allice C., spouse, born 1859, Maine
  • Robert E., son, born 1879, Bay City, MI
  • 1883 Son, Harvey H. Cupit, born Jan. 8, 1883. [birth record]

    1891 Bay City Directory:

  • John W. Cupit Real Estate, Loans, 303 Phoenix blk, res. 1114 8th.
  • Savings, Building and Loan Association W. I. Brotherton, pres; John W. Cupit, vice pres.; M. M. Andrews, treas.; Allen G. Plum, secy.; 308 Phoenix blk.
  • Samuel A. Grabowsky, clk J. W. Cupit, bds 619 N. Sherman.
Related Pages/Notes

John W. Cupit

Hall, J.R.
People Referenced
Andrews, M.M.
Brotherton, W.I.
Cupit, Ewin R. (son)
Cupit, John W. (subject)
Cupit, Harvey H. (son)
Cupit, Thomas (father)
Hall, Alice L. (wife)
Hall, J.R.
Hopkinson, Ann (mother)
Plum, Allen G.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bus.Men's Assoc.
Bay City Club
Bay Co. Bd. Education
Bay Co, MI
Great Western RR, Can.
Nottinghamshire, Eng.
Phoenix Block
Saginaw & Cleveland Line
Savings, Bldg. & Loan Assoc.
Triennial Conclave
Washington, DC
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.