Biography of Amos W. Prentice
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AMOS W. PRENTICE, NORWICH: Merchant.

Amos W. Prentice of Norwich was born in Griswold, Dec. 20, 1816, and received a common school education, preparing him for a successful business and public career. Most of his life has been spent in the city of Norwich, where he has conducted a mercantile business in one place for fifty-seven years. He now holds the presidency of the Norwich Savings Society, with one exception the largest savings institution in Connecticut. He has also been a director in a number of corporations and for half a century has been a prominent manager of financial and industrial interests in the community where he resides. In 1854 he represented the old eighth senatorial district in the senate, his colleagues including James Dixon of Hartford, subsequently United States Senator, Gov. Henry B. Harrison of New Haven, Colonel William H. H. Comstock of New London, the late Gov. Wm. T. Minor of Stamford, and John Boyd of Winsteci. In 1859 he was elected mayor of Norwich and in 1877 he represented that town in the legislature. The associates of Mr. Prentice in the house that year included the late Lieut.-Gov. Gallup of Plainfield, H. R. Hayden of East Hartford, Eugene S. Boss of Willimantic, Internal Revenue Collector John I. Hutchinson, Ex-Mayor Wallace A. Miles of Meriden, Lucius G. Goodrich of Simsbury, brother of them bank commissioner, Lynde Harrison of New Haven, and Winthrop M. Wadsworth of Farmington. Ex-Comptroller Chauncey Howard and Henry M. Cleveland were also members that year. Mr. Prentice was on the republican side and exerted an important influence during the session. May 18, 1840, he married Miss Hannah E. Parker, whose death occurred Dec. 24, 1887. Two daughters, Mrs. John Willard and Mrs. A. H. Chase, are living. Mr. Prentice is a deacon of the Broadway Congregational Church and is regarded with the utmost esteem in the city where he resides.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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