Biography of Hinman Holden

Holden, Hinman, was born in Batavia, N. Y., February 17, 1852, a son of Richard O. and Hannah (Wells) Holden. Richard O. was engaged in the dry goods trade, and in 1836 established the store now conducted by his son Hinman. He was a prominent and public spirited man, and did his share in promoting the growth and progress of his town. He died in May, 1887. Hinman Holden obtained his education in the public schools of Batavia and at Hamden, Conn. He began his mercantile career in 1869 at the age of seventeen, in his father's store, and in 1881 he became a partner of his father, forming the firm of R. O. Holden & Son. For more than half a century this has been the largest dry goods house in the county. In 1886 Mr. Holden was married to Eva, daughter of Wilber Smith. Three children have been born to them, namely: Richard O. Hinman, jr., and Evelyn. Mr. Holden en.joys an honorable business record, and as a neighbor and citizen commands the merited respect of his townsmen.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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