James W. Kimball, born at Lawrence, N. Y., June 30, 1825, located at Fort Covington in 1845, and for seven years
was a merchant's clerk. In 1852 he began a mercantile business for himself, with a capital of $300, and closed
out in 1863. Acquisitive, energetic, enterprising and notably shrewd, he was successful to a degree, and was understood
to have accumulated $40,000 clear in these eleven years. He was active in Republican politics locally, was supervisor
for five years during the civil war, and served in the Assembly in 1865, 1866 and 1867. There were whisperings
at the time that he had made some of his votes in the Legislature profitable to himself; but I recall having been
present at a conversation wherein he reviewed all of the charges and suspicions of that sort, and with a clearness
and vigor that was convincing to me denied and refuted every accusation ever made against him. He was in no sense
an orator or public speaker, hut a stronger and more persuasive talker I have seldom heard. He died March 7, 1872.
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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