William A. Hulbert, b. October 23, 1832 in Burlington Flats, New York, attended Beloit College in 1847, returned to Chicago and ran a coal dealership.
Hulbert became president of the Chicago White Stockings in 1875, when baseball returned to Chicago after the Great Fire of October 7, 1871.
He founded the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs on February 2, 1876 at the Grand Central Hotel in New York City. Hulbert became the second president of the League in 1877 when the first president failed to attend the 1877 NL meeting.
Hulbert expelled four members of the Louiville Greys for game fixing in 1877. He then triggered a second schism by expelling the Cincinnati franchise from the National League for selling "spirituous and malt liquors" on their grounds. The American Association of 1882 formed with its center around Cincinnati, and became known as the "Beer-and-Whiskey League.
William A. Hulbert d. April 10, 1882, at the age of 49. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
There is an excellent article on Hulbert, copyrighted by Tot@l Sports, 1996, at: http://www.totalbaseball.com/story/person/player/h/hulbw101/hulbw101.htm
The sketch above, whulbert.gif, was taken from a jpg file at this site with slight modification.