Biography of Hinman Holden of Batavia, NY

Hinman Holden was born in Adams, Mass., in 1787, and came to Batavia in 1805, and thus was closely identified with the early history of this village and county. He was a man of good sound judgment, one to be relied upon to help and succor a just cause. In the War of 1812 he took his sled and oxen and drew flour to Buffalo to supply the soldiers, traveling night and day, which, in the state of the roads at that time, was no light task. At one time (about 1825) he kept the American Hotel. He died in 1871, aged 84 years. He was father to Richard O. Holden, who was born March 5, 1814, in a log house on the farm owned by W. H. G. Post Richard O. Holden was a clerk in New York for five years, and on his return went into business with G. A. Lay, in a store where the Masse block now is. On 1847 the firm was Holden & Thorn, corner of Main and Jackson streets. In 1859 he built the large store now occupied by his son, and had as partners Messrs. Glover and Foote. Other (branch) stores were operated in Alabama and Warsaw. In five years' time Glover and Foote retired, and in 1880 Mr. Holden took his son Hinman into partnership, under the title of R. O. Holden & Son. He died May 29, 1887, aged 73. During his long residence here he made many friends. He enjoyed the fullest confidence of all his neighbors, was ever fair, and scrupulously honest. His judgment was often sought in matters of public interest, and he took a kindly welfare in the efforts of others to succeed. He married Miss Hannah Wells. Hinman Holden, the eldest son of R. O. Holden, was born here in 1852. He was educated in the schools in this section, and finished his studies in Hamden, Conn. In 1869 he entered his father's store, and in 1880 became his partner, but since 1872 has had the care and responsibility of the business. He possesses the rare executive ability which so marked the life of his father, and is a worthy successor. He was married, in 1886, to Miss Eva O. Smith. daughter of Wilber Smith, and they have one son, Richard O. The family are Episcopalians.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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