Biography of George A. Plimpton

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Plimpton, George Arthur, Buffalo, was born in Southbridge, Worcester county, Mass., September 19, 1837, the eldest son of Chester Plimpton, and comes from sturdy Puritan stock. He is a direct descendant of John Plimpton, who was born in England in 1620, and at the age of twenty-one adopted the Puritan iaith, left his native country and landed in New England in 1641. History records the active part that Mr. Plimpton's ancestors took in the settlement of New England and the many hardships and privations they endured in the early Indian wars. Among the active participants of the war of the American Revolution were his great-grandfather, Col. Daniel Plimpton. and his grandfather, Capt. Elias Plimpton. Mr. Plimpton came to Buffalo in 1855 and in December, 1856, after a course in bookkeeping at the Bryant & Stratton College. was given a position in the office of John W. Williams & Co.. grocers and druggists, corner of Main and Seneca streets, and has been connected with the business down to the present time, a period of over forty years. In 1865 he was given a small interest in the business, the partners then being Edward Harris and William Powell: both of these men have since died, and in 1890 the present firm of Plimpton, Cowan & Co. was formed. The business has grown from one of moderate extent to the present exclusively wholesale drug and grocery house, located at the corner of Swan and Ellicott streets. Mr. Plimpton still considers himself a young man, and is actively engaged in directing the management of the extensive house of which he is the senior member.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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