Robert Livingston Ireland Sr. - Founder, First Village Council and Second Mayor
11801 Lake Shore Boulevard
Robert Livingston Ireland Sr. helped lead the drive to have Glenville on the Lake become a separate municipality. He was elected to the first Bratenahl Village Council in December 1904 with fifty-eight votes for, and none opposed. He served in that capacity for seven years.
He was elected to become the second mayor of Bratenahl in November 1911, replacing Liberty Holden, who served for seven years. He served as mayor for eight years from 1912 through 1919.
Increased industrialization polluted the air and made the quality of life in Cleveland ever more questionable. More of Cleveland's wealthy living in the city looked farther out from the center, and the charm of Bratenahl grew.
World War I dominated Ireland's mayoral term starting in 1914. With his leadership, the whole village contributed to the war effort.
The war had temporarily halted some of the home building, however, construction began to return in earnest after the war.
Ireland was born on August 20, 1867, to John and Adelia (Duane) Ireland in Stratford, Connecticut. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale in 1890. Robert came from New York to Cleveland in 1892.
Robert married Kate Hanna on May 2, 1894. They had two children, Robert Livingston Ireland, Jr. “Liv” born on February 2, 1895, and Elizabeth (Poe) born on October 30, 1898.
Robert’s business career included the Hackney Bicycle Co., Globe Iron Works, Ship Owners Dry Dock Co., and Cleveland Dry Dock Co. He was instrumental in the formation of the American Shipbuilding Company from the consolidation of the shipbuilding interests of the Great Lakes. He was the vice president of the company until 1903. He became a partner with M. A. Hanna Company on January 1, 1904.
Other business interests included being on the advisory board of The Citizens Savings & Trust Co. and the Cleveland Trust Co.
He sold his interests in the M. A. Hanna Company and his other business interests to retire on August 20, 1917, at age 51. Robert was a member of the Athletic, Country, Gentleman’s Driving, Hunt, Mayfield, Roadside, Tavern and Union Clubs, and University and Yale Club of New York City.
Robert moved to New York City, and he and Kate divorced in 1918. He remarried to Mary Ester Wood on April 1, 1920, at the home of friends in Palm Beach, Florida. Kate remarried to Perry Williams Harvey on February 12, 1923.