WILLIAM HENRY POST, HARTFORD: Merchant.
William H. Post is a descendant in the seventh generation from Stephen Post, one of the first settlers of Hartford,
who came to America from Chelmsford, England, in 1633, and was a member of the congregation which Rev. Mr. Hooker
led through the wilderness in 1636 to found the new colony of Connecticut. His name is inscribed on the monument
in the ancient cemetery of the Center church, erected by the citizens of Hartford in memory of the founders of
that city. The subject of this sketch was born in Andover, Tolland county, April 1, 1833. He received his education
at the "little red schoolhouse" in Columbia, and divided his attention between study and filial duties
at his father's homestead until his sixteenth year, when he went to the neighboring village of Hebron to assume
the duties of clerk in a country store. After six months' service in that capacity he was called to Hartford to
a more responsible position in the dry goods establishment of Talcott & Post, - his brother Amos being junior
partner in the firm. Upon the death of his brother, three years later, he took the vacant place as partner, January
1, 1853, and was connected with the firm twenty eight years, or until its dissolution in 1881. In April of the
year last named he opened a carpet house in Hartford, under the firm name of William H. Post & Company, E.
S. Yergason being the junior partner. This estabishment is one of the most extensive of its kind in the state,
and stands at the head of the carpet houses of Hartford, embracing all lines of interior decorations, and enjoying
a reputation of national extent. Mr. Post's business ability has been well evidenced in the success of the two
firms of which he has been the financial and managerial head. It is further illustrated in the positions of trust
which he has been called by his fellow citizens to occupy since his residence in Hartford. He is a director in
the Hartford National Bank and the Society of Savings, two of the strongest and best managed financial institutions
in the state; and is on the boards of management of many other enterprises of which Hartford is the home. He takes
an active interest in social, educational, and religious affairs. Under the pastorate of Dr. Horace Bushnell he
united with the old North church, now the Park church, in 1852, and has been greatly privileged in having that
distinguished divine, and his successor, the late Dr. Burton, not only as pastors, but as intimate personal friends.
Mr. Post married in September, 1858 Miss Helen Maria Denslow, daughter of the late William Judd Denslow of Hartford,
and they have four children - one son and three daughters. Two of the latter are married: Helen Louise is Mrs Thomas
Brownell Chapman of Hartford, and Alice Maria is the wife of Frederick Everest Haight of Brooklyn, N. Y. The only
son, William Strong Post, is engaged: in the New York house of W. & J. Sloane, and the juvenile member of the
family, Miss Anne Wilson Post, a young lady of twelve, is attending school in Hartford.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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