Biography of John P. Sampson

Samson, John P., manager the Le Roy salt works, was born in Le Roy, February 24, 1861, a son of Russel L., who came to Genesee county in 1822 from Vermont, where he was born in 1817. He came with his father, Caleb Samson, who was a cooper and carried on business here for a number of years. Russel was apprenticed to the jeweler's trade with H. N. Stanley, and at the end of his apprenticeship bought out his employer and conducted the business till his death, which occurred October 15, 1876. He was captain in the State militia for a number of years and his commission, which is signed by Gov. William H. Seward, is now in the possession of John P. Samson: he also has the apprenticeship papers which required him not to "play cards, gamble, or use his employer's money; not to frequent taverns or any other places of public resort, nor otherwise absent himself day or night from his master's service without his leave." He received $30 for the first year and $5 additional for each succeeding year for five years. After serving the term he received a certificate of good moral character and a man capable of taking charge of business. He was a captain in the 195th Reg. of Infantry, with rank from July 10, 1839, signed by William H. Seward, and was honorably discharged March 11, 1843. The family came from England in 1629; Caleb Samson, the grandfather, was born January 19, 1792, married Fannie Raze May 2, 1814, and came to Le Roy in 1822; died in Ypsilanti, Mich., December 10, 1872. John P. Samson was educated in Le Roy Academic Institute, and upon the death of his father left school and assisted in conducting his father's jewelry store till 1885, when he entered The Le Roy Salt Co.'s office as bookkeeper. On the death of A. B. Miller, on August 28, 1892, he was made manager of the concern, which position he has since held. This is one of the largest concerns of its kind in the east, averaging 125 employees, with a plant of a capacity of 1,500 barrels per day, with eleven wells. The salt is shipped all over the continent Mr. Samson is a man well fitted for his responsible position and under his management the business is yearly increasing. He is a director in the Citizens' Bank; a director in the Le Roy Power and Milling Company and Hydraulic Electric Company. He is senior warden in Olive Branch Lodge No. 39, F. & A. M., an active member and director in Oatka Hose Company, and a member and trustee of the Presbyterian church. In 1891 he married Mary L. Olmsted of Le Roy; they had three children: Paul, Henry and Mary. Mrs. Samson died May 21, 1896.

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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