Sumner Sollitt (1927)

With a last name that has been synonymous with Chicago construction since the 1800s, it’s no surprise that AGC chose to tap Sollitt’s extensive experience in its executive office. While other relatives carried on the company his father, Thomas Sollitt, built, he and his brother, Ralph, co-founded their own construction firm in 1893, which in 1913 became the Sumner Sollitt Company; Sollitt served as president. Fireproof buildings and manufacturing plants were among this firm’s specialty – and one of its more impressive projects was the Fort Sheridan Training Camp, on which the company built 86 separate buildings in just nine days.

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