William G. Dickinson was born in Bangor, and in 1846 became a partner with his father, Joshua, and brother,
Wells S., in the mercantile business. A few years later he established a store himself in Malone, and during the
civil war and for a year or two afterward was easily the leading merchant of the place, at least as regards the
finer class of dry goods. In 1867 he sold the business, and, forming a partnership with a brother-in-law, engaged
in the wholesale grocery business in New York city. The venture not proving altogether successful, it was closed
out after three years, and Mr. Dickinson located at Duluth, Minn., where he represented a railway company for a
year or two, and then removed to Kansas to take charge of the land interests of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa
Fe R. R. for a number of years, and is credited with having founded more than a hundred towns in the State. From
Kansas he went to National City, Calif., to manage a big land development scheme, including the construction of
a waterworks and an irrigation system. No more genial, enterprising, popular or straightforward man ever lived
in Franklin county. He was county treasurer here from 1861 to 1867. He died at National City July 14, 1891.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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