Hiram H. Thompson, born in Malone March 16, 1822, was for many years a leading business man and citizen. In
1846, when hardly any money was in circulation, and trading was almost altogether upon a credit basis, Mr. Thompson
and Edwin L. Meigs opened a store, and conducted it for years upon the ready pay principle. No one was permitted.
to open an account, and all goods had to be paid for on the spot either in cash or produce. The venture, never
before tried in the county, was deemed by older dealers to be recklessly foolish and certain to fail; but it proved
a pronounced success, and gave to the parthers the beginning of the fortunes which each accumulated. After a few
years Mr. Thompson retired from mercantile pursuits, and engaged in farming, buying the Hardy place, and erecting
the brick house still standing there. Later he became a tanner, again a merchant, and a large manufacturer of starch.
As a tanner he was burned out three times. Before the civil war he established a hardware business, which is still
continued under the name and title of H. D. Thompson & Co., and which has always had a large trade. Mr. Thompson's
only experience in public office was as a deputy collector of internal revenue, and he used to say that from a
financial standpoint he made a mistake in accepting the appointment. Though in manner and temperament not adapted
to political management, he yet had a considerable part in determining local policies and action by reason of trenchant
expression of his views to his particular friends and associates, who, impressed by the soundness of his judgment,
saw to adoption of his counsel by conventions and the political organization. Mr. Thompson was public spirited,
intelligent, conscientious and virile. At times direct to brusqueness and positive almost to severity, he was nevertheless
sympathetic and kind of heart, and attached himself strongly to the circle of his immediate friends. He died August
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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