WOOSTER A. ENSIGN, NEW HAVEN : Iron and Steel Merchant.
The subject of this sketch was born in New Haven, June 14, 1823, being the son of Thomas and Esther Ensign, and
of a family which is identified with the early history of his native city and of the commercial industry there
which he now represents. He was educated in the common schools and at the famous Lancasterian school then under
the charge of John E. Lovell of educational fame. At the age of fifteen he left school and engaged in business
as a clerk in the employ of English & Mix, then in the hardware trade. At the end of an engagement with this
firm covering nine years, he began business on his own account as a dealer in iron and steel goods, which business
has prospered and increased, requiring in 1876 the erection of the spacious store which is now occupied by himself
and his eldest son, who constitute the enterprising and solid firm of Wooster A. Ensign & Son. Mr. Ensign was
married June 24, t846, to Miss Charlotte A. Prescott, daughter of Roger Sherman' Prescott of New Haven. They have
three children. He holds or has held many important connections with the financial institutions of New Haven, having
been for twenty five years a director in the City Bank, vice-president and director in the New Haven Watch company
until the removal of their factory to New Jersey, and a director in the Maryland steamboat company of Baltimore,
Md. He has been prominent among the business men and interests of New Haven for nearly half a century, outliving
many of his early contemporaries. From small beginnings he passed uninterruptedly through the various grades of
success to the honorable position which he occupies to-day among the most prosperous and wealthy establishments
in his line in New England. Mr. Ensign is a member of St. Paul Episcopal church of New Haven, and is still active
in religious work as he is in the secular duties of life. In politics he is connected with the demo- cratic party,
in whose honors he has repeatedly been called to share.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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