President of the National Association of REALTORS® - 1916
Living his entire life in his native Pittsburgh, where he became a leader not only in business circles but in various other community affairs, Henry Paul Haas* contributed much to the development and to the larger prosperity of his community.
Educated in the Pittsburgh public schools, he began his business career in 1887 as office boy in the firm of Black and Baird, prominent real estate developers of the day. In 1903 he became one of the organizers of the Freehold Real Estate Company, other organizers of which included former U.S. Senator David A. Reed and the late Senator William Flinn. He served as its president until his death. President also of nine Pittsburgh real estate development companies and of the Monongahela Water Company and Ohio River Valley Water Company, Mr. Haas pioneered in the development of South Hills, West View, Forest Hills and West Park. His work covered land development of all sides of Pittsburgh.
An early president of the Pittsburgh Real Estate Board, and a member of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, he also served many years on the Zoning and Planning Commission of Pittsburgh.
Source: Presidents of the National Association of REALTORS®, (Chicago: NAR, 1980).