Biography of Charles H. Niven
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CHARLES H. NIVEN - At the age of fifty seven the useful life of Charles H. Niven ended in the city of Binghamton, to which he came in 1877, a young man of twenty four. He embarked in business life with great success, but he will be longest remembered for his long and valuable connection with the Young Men's Christian Association, and for the great work he did in association with the charitable societies and institutions of the city. He was a man of fine character and ability, successful as a business man, and valuable to his community as a citizen.

Charles H. Niven was born in Coventry, Chenango county, New York, in 1853, died at his home No. 99 Chestnut street, Binghamton, New York, August 23, 1910. He was educated in the public schools and upon arriving at suitable age entered business life, choosing mercantile lines. He came to Binghamton in 1877, an experienced business man, and formed an association with H. W. Chubbuck & Company. Later he engaged with Edwin Taylor in wholesale dealing in provisions, retiring from that connection to engage in the same line with his son, they trading as Charles H. Niven & Son.

Mr. Niven was always interested in the work of the Young Men's Christian Association, and served the Binghamton association as president, being a member of the board of directors at the time of his death. His work in charitable organization was far reaching. He served as secretary of Susquehanna Valley Home and a member of its board of managers; he was an official member of Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church of Binghamton.

Mr. Niven married Antoinette R. Smith, who survives him, a resident of Binghamton, residing at No. 99 Chestnut street; a son, Arthur V. Niven, also surviving his father, and since his father's death has conducted the business most successfully, and the wholesale firm of C. H. Niven & Son is now one of the largest and most prosperous in the city.

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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