Biography of John Colsten
Broome County, NY Biographies





JOHN COLSTEN - Prior to entering the banking business John Coisten held responsible position in Binghamton's business life, having been manager of a lumber business with coal distribution and railroad freight handling in clerical Capacity. He stands high in the esteem of his contemporaries and as vice president and treasurer of the Nelson, Colsten & Company, Incorporated, private bankers, he holds responsible position. He is a son of John Colsten, who was born in New York City, later moving with his parents to Great Bend, Pennsylvania, thence to Chicago, Illinois, where he became a successful dealer in coal, handling an extensive business with ability and profit until his death in 1876. John Coisten married Alexina Hamilton Green, born in New York City, who survived him.

John Colsten, son of John and Alexina Hamilton (Green) Colsten, was born in Chicago, Illinois, August 26, 1866. He was ten years of age when his father died, and early in life Binghamton, New York, became his home, his education being obtained in the grade and high schools of that city. His first employment in business life was with N. W. Bosworth & Company, wholesale grain dealers of Binghamton, he next going with the Erie Railroad Company in their freight office at Binghamton. He remained with the Erie Railroad Company for a number of years then accepted position with S. & C. Kinney Coal Company, continuing until becoming manager of the lumber yarth and planing mill owned by E. C. Smith, of Binghamton. For eight years he retained the management of that yard and mill, going thence to the employ of B. H. Nelson & Son, private bankers of Binghamton, and in that business he has continued until the present, 1923. B. H. Nelson & Son were succeeded in 1915 by Nelson, Colsten & Company, Incorporated, John Coisten, vice president and treasurer, as at present. He is a man of ability and holds honorable rank among his contemporaries in business life. He is a member of the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and takes a public spirited interest in all civic advance.

Mr. Colsten was a member of the Board of Water Commissioners until Binghamton went under charter as a second class city, the board then being automatically divided. He is a member of the board of managers of the Susquehanna Valley Home, acting for many years as treasurer of the institution. He is affiliated with the Free and Accepted Masons, the Improved Order of Red Men, and of the Binghamton Young Men's Christian Association; his clubs, The Binghamton, and the Binghamton Automobile. He is identified with North Presbyterian Church, of Binghamton, of which he has long been a member, serving on its official board since youthful manhood years.

Mr. Colsten married, 1894, Carrie. L. Home, of Binghamton, and they are the parents of a daughter, Ruth A.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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