George A Carden-National Shipping Corporation
VERY great enlargement of the shipping interest, covering every department having to do with the building, equipping, chartering and operation of ships and the related interest of importing and exporting of merchandise. Has brought into the business men of great ability, whose previous experience was along other lines. Amongst the group of men who have become prominent in the shipping industry in its various branches during the past few years one of the more notable is George A. Carden, who had previously gained distinction as a lawyer, but who has been identified with some of the largest activities in connection with ships and shipping.
Mr. Carden, who is a native of Georgia, but was reared in Alabama and afterward became a newspaper man for a period in the Southwest, afterward studying and graduating from the Lnion College of the Northwestern University, established practice in Texas, where he was very successful successful, becoming a leader at the bar, also :r ng prominent in politics and twice being elected Chairman of the Texas Democratic Executive Committee. He also demonstrated a very -rge capacity for finance and business, acquiring large interests in the oil industry.
Mr. Carden, about the time of the entry of L.nited States into the war, became one of a of men who purchased, before our declaration of war against Austria, seven steamships f that nationality for a consideration of $6,500 and two days later negotiated a sale of an in these vessels for $700,000 more than all of them cost. A later sale at a still heavier rate of profit was pending, when the Government intimated that it needed these vessels, and these men, of whom Mr. Carden was the leading spirit, patriotically turned them over to the United States at the original cost price.
Mr. Carden is principal owner of the Universal Shipbuilding Company, which has a contract for the construction of twelve wooden ships at $300,000 each for the United States Shipping
Board Emergency Fleer Corporation, these vessels being at the company's yard on Buffalo Bayou near Houston, Texas. Mr. Carden is also the president of the National Shipping Corporation, with offices at 25 Broad Street, New York. The other officers are J. H. Carpenter, vice-president; H. C. Sickler, secretary and treasurer; and W- E. Heppell, general manager.
Mr. Carden has many other important interests which he controls with exceptional executive ability, and he has not only in the Southwest but also in New York a prominent place among the representatives of large shipping and commercial interests. His emphatic success, whether in professional life, in the arena of political life, or in the realm of finance, industry and commerce, marks him as a man of broad mind and liberal horizon, with a genius for leadership, who would "make good" in any environment to which he might be called. His interests are many, and his executive ability has been tested in many fields. In all of these activities he has borne a creative part.