Biography of Henry Todd

Todd, Henry, is a native of Stockton-on-Tees, County of Durham, England, where he was born October 1, 1828. He came to the United States in 1852 and made Batavia his home. For a time he conducted the Genesee Democrat, and in 1861 he purchased the Spirit of the Times, which he edited and managed for a quarter of a century. Under his management the Times was a strong and influential newspaper, well filled with news and vigorous and able in its editorial columns. He has been prominent in the councils of the Democratic party; he was one of the founders of the New York Press Association, which met at Elmira in 1853, consisting of twentythree members, of whom there are but four living at the present writing. He has never been an office seeker, and the only public positions he has ever held were as trustee of the State Institution for the Blind, and trustee of the village of Batavia. He is a member of Batavia Lodge No. 475, F. & A. M., Batavia Chapter No. 35, R. A. M., and Batavia Commandery No. 34, K. T. He has several times revisited his native England, where he was well connected. He is fond of companionship and has a large circle of attached friends. In 1851 Mr. Todd was married to Elizabeth Unthank, and of their union three children were born, namely: Henrietta E., Mrs. Fanny Talmage, and Charles E., who is now conducting a general job printing business.

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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