Biography of Harry L. Riggs
Broome County, NY Biographies





HARRY L. RIGGS, now buyer and manager of the piece goods department of the John L. Morgan Wholesale Dry Goods Company, of Binghamton, New York, first came to the city in 1872, which for more than four decades has been his home. He has confined himself closely to his business and has acquired few outside interests, but he has taken a deep interest in church affairs, his connection in Binghamton having been with the First Presbyterian Church. He is a son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth (Gifford) Riggs, his father a teacher of music and a tuner of pianos. This musical talent the son has inherited and he is the composer of several hymns.

Harry L. Riggs was born in Oneonta, New York, June 17, 1865, but later Binghamton became the family home, and in that city he was educated, attending Pine Street Grammar School and High School. In 1880 he entered the employ of Alva Bloomer, a wholesale and retail dry goods merchant of Binghamton. He remained in Mr. Bloomer's service until 1894, then formed a connection with the Bennett Morgan Company, of Binghamton, flow the John L. Morgan Company, wholesale dry goods. His first position with the Bennett Morgan Company was as a traveling salesman. He then was placed in charge of a department and since 1905 has been buyer and manager of the piece goods department. This record of service covers a period of forty three years, 1880-1923, and places Mr. Riggs among the veterans of the dry goods trade in Binghamton.

For the past twelve years Mr. Riggs has been a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He was superintendent of the senior department of the Sunday school for two years, and is now assistant to the general superintendent. For two years he was president of the City Christian Endeavor Union, and for one year president of the Broome County Christian Endeavor Union, and for three years was vice president of the Binghamton City Union. His experience as Sunday school teacher covers a number of years. He is a member of Anawan Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, and has passed all chairs in that lodge.

Mr. Riggs married, September 6, 1922, Jeanette E. Saunders, daughter of Edwin S. Saunders, of Cortland county, New York. The family home is at No. 26 Stuyvesant street, Binghamton, New York.

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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