George Trumbull Ladd was born on 19 January 1842 in Painesville, Ohio, and died on 8 August 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut. His mother, Elizabeth Williams, was a descendent of Governor William Bradford, who arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the Mayflower in 1620. His father, Silas Trumbull Ladd, descended from another Mayflower passenger, William Brewster. At the time of his son's birth, Silas was Treasurer of Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. In 1850, Silas entered the grocery business in Painesville, where George was raised, attended local schools and received private tutoring. Poor health in his early years discouraged active, outdoor childhood pursuits; he spent more time with books and developed a passion for classical studies. His family attended the Congregational Church and fostered religious interests that influenced his personal and his professional life.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.