Biography of Hiram W. Hascall of Le Roy, NY

Hiram W. Hascall, a leading and influential lawyer and a politician, was born December 18, 1812, in Le Roy village. His parents, David and Sarah (Walden) Hascall, came from New England to Genesee County in 1808, and located one mile north of the village, and latter settled on ioo acres one-half mile west of Le Roy, where they resided for many years. They afterwards moved to the village, residing on Clay street until their deaths, at. the age of 85 and 89, respectively. David Hascall in early life was a school teacher. He served in the War of 1812. Being a man possessed of more than ordinary intelligence and influence, he was an honored and respected citizen, and always took an active and prominent part in all movements for the advancement and improvement of his community. He served in several responsible local positions for many years. He reared three sons and two daughters. David was a son of Jeremiah Hascall, who was born in Connecticut and came to Genesee County in 1805, locating on 100 acres where S. C. Wells now resides. He served as justice for many years, and died here at the age of 96 years. He married Hannah (Nichols) Nichols, who bore him five sons and five daughters, the sons being Jeremiah, David, Amasa, John, and Augustus P., all of whom were men of considerable prominence, and some attained considerable distinction in the State and Nation. John served in the Assembly; Augustus P. served as judge and represented his district in Congress. Gen. Milo Hascall, of Goshen, Ind., was a son of Arnasa. Hiram W. Hascall was reared on a farm and received a good common school and academic education. At the age of 20 he began the study of law in the office of Gates & Hascall, of Le Roy, and was admitted to all the courts of the State. In 1855 he was elected clerk of Genesee County, which position he filled for two terms, and in 1864 he was appointed collector of internal revenue. Three years later he was appointed postmaster at Le Roy, serving as such for 16 years. During the war he was appointed by President Lincoln commissary of subsistance, with rank of captain. Mr. Hascall is a man of strong convictions. He has always taken an active and prominent part in the political affairs of his county and State, and has always wielded a powerful influence in shaping and molding the work of his party. Energetic and unflinching in his zeal for the success of Republicanism, he has al
ways commanded the confidence and respect of his party. Mr. Hascall. has been twice married, first to Harriet Hinsdale, of Le Roy, by whom he had two children, Alice C. and Laurence H. He married for his second wife Mrs. Amanda A. Champion. The mother of Mr. Hascall was a daughter of Nathan Walden, a native of Connecticut, who was a soldier in the war for independence. He was captured, and imprisoned in an old church in New York city for nearly a year. He was a prominent farmer near Bloomfield for many years, and died in Le Roy, aged about 90 years. His wife was Mercy Egleston, who lived to about the same age.

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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