Biography of Arthur Barker Rathbone

Rathbone, Arthur Barker, p. o. Oakfield, N. Y., was born in Oakfield, December 23, 1837, only son of Laurin and Elizabeth (Barker) Rathbone. Laurin Rathbone was born in Milton, Saratoga county. N. Y., in 1806, came to Oakfield in 1826, where he died January 26, 1892. A daughter Augusta resides in Oakfield. Arthur Barker Rathbone was educated at the Cary Collegiate Seminary, Middlebury Academy, and was graduated from the University of Rochester in 1859 with the degree of A. B., and in 1863 received the degree of Master of Arts. In 1862 and 1864 Mr. Rathbone, with his father planted extensive pear and apple orchards, in which he is still interested. Since 1869 he has been a hardware merchant in the village of Oakfield. Mr. Rathbone was president of the village in 1874, 1875, 1877 and 1881. and supervisor of the town in 1883 and 1884. He has been secretary of the board of trustees of Cary Collegiate Seminary for twenty-three years. An active member of St. Michael's Episcopal church, he has been a vestryman since 1871 and senior warden since 1892. Politically Mr. Rathbone has always been a Democrat. He has been the nominee of his party three times for school commissioner and once for member of assembly. He was postmaster at Oakfield tinder President Cleveland's administration. January 23, 1867, he was married to Georgia Whitwell Richmond of Nunda, N. Y. They have two daughters-Frances Lucille and Georgia Whitwell-and one son, Richmond Laurin, who also received his early education at Cary Seminary. later entering Cornell University from which he was graduated in 1898 with the degree of Mechanical Engineer; after his graduation he entered the engineering office of an electrical company in New York city.

Our County and it's people
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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