Hard to believe that it's been a little over 10 years since my original post for my elusive great-uncle Adolph J. STEIN!But I have not given up.
As a matter of fact, a couple months ago I found his passport application at Ancestry.com, which kind of reads like a naturalization application, from Muskingum Co., OH.The application was made on 23 NOV 1877.It told me he was born 19 JUL 1858 in Rodalben, Bavaria/Germany.
My late grandmother once told me he was a U.S. ambassador to Brussels, Belgium, under President Grover Cleveland, presumably during his second term.In light of that, while searching for him on NewspaperArchive.com, I found an article in the Galveston [TX] Daily News of 20 SEP 1884 with an excerpt in it mentioning Adolph Stein as follows:
"Adolph Stein, vice-consul at Brussels, says: 'In Belgium, although relatively a rich country, there are no large associations of capitalists that do business, and most all tradesmen here begin trade modestly and with little capital.Therefore credit, which is confidence in the solvability of a person, is indispensable for the success of trade.It might even be said that trade in this kingdom would be nearly impossible without credit.'"
I cannot say for sure that this is my Adolph STEIN, but it is quite a coincidence that he is mentioned as vice-consul at Brussels.The date of the article is the year before Grover Cleveland's first term.Adolph would be 26 at the time of this article, and maybe this would be a "pre-ambassador" position for him?
I have not been able to find Adolph J. STEIN in any Census records.The only info I have ever found on him is the aforementioned Passport App., and the news article (?).