GEORGE R. NELSON was born in the city of Binghamton, New York, March 25, 1868, in the old Third Ward, at the
corner of Chenango and Eldridge streets, and has always lived in and been identified with the building and improvement
of the north side of the city. His father, Benjamin H. Nelson, moved to Binghamton from Barryville, Sullivan county,
New York, in 1866, and was the builder of the first brick mercantile building on the north side of the city. His
mother, Julia H. (Bross) Nelson, was born in Johnson, Orange county, New York, and died in 1906.
George R. Nelson attended School No. 3, known as the Robinson Street School, and received his elementary education
under the hands of Henry L. Fowler, a man to whom many of the now leading citizens owe much of their success in
life. His education was completed with the high school course, after which he became associated with his father
in the wholesale fruit business at Chenango and Eldridge streets, under the firm name of B. H. Nelson & Son.
In 1890 the two sold their interests and organized the private banking and insurance business which is located
in the Nelson building at the corner of Chenango and Eldridge streets. When B. H. Nelson died, November 19, 1899,
George R. Nelson continued the private banking business, retaining the firm name of B. H. Nelson & Son. In
1915 the insurance business, which had grown to large proportions, was incorporated under the name of Nelson Colsten
Company, Incorporated. This concern has continued to grow, and is still functioning in a prosperous manner at the
same location as the private bank. Mr. Nelson has never held political office; he is a thirty second degree Mason;
belongs to the Country Club; and is a director in the People's Trust Company. He has always been identified, as
was his father, 'with the North Presbyterian Church, of which he is a trustee and elder.
Mr. Nelson married (first) October 10, 1899, Mary M. Wilcox, of Smyrna, Chenango county, New York, who died December
5, 1919. Two children were born of this marriage: Benjamin H. and Harrison W. Mr. Nelson married (second) November
20, 1921, Anna L. Rogers, of Binghamton, New York.
Binghamton and Broome County
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924
Broome County, NY
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