Biography of Hon. Thomas B. Tuttle





Tuttle, Hon. Thomas B., was born in Yates county, N. Y., September 30, 1844, a son of Henry and Elmira (Wells) Tuttle, natives of New York State. His grandfather, Thomas Tuttle. was born in Reade street, New York city, and emigrated to Western New York early in the present century and was one of the pioneers of Yates county. He subsequently removed to Hillsdale, Mich., where he was a pioneer, going by canal. He was a farmer and died in Michigan; he had a family of three sons and two daughters, three of whom are now living. Thomas B. Tuttle is the third eldest and was brought up in Hillside Mich., where he was educated, graduating from the high school and from a scientific course in the Hilisdale College, where he was an active member of the Amphictyon Literary Society. He engaged in the mercantile business as a clerk at Hilisdale, practically working his way through school by his own efforts. In 1866 he went to Dubuque, Iowa, and there opened a drug store on his own account and for five years did a successful business, when he returned to New York State, stopping at Lockport. But not satisfied with the outlook there he came to Le Roy and there located in 1872, and has since carried on the business in which he has been very successful. - He was for a time trustee of Ingham University, and has held all the offices of the village from president down; was a member of the National Convention at Chicago in 1884 which nominated Blame. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1894 and served two terms; he served on the Committee on Taxation and Retrenchment: Public Institutions and Revision Committees, was chairman of the Committee on Charitable Institutions in 1895; and was on the Committee on Strikes during the Brooklyn, N.Y., trouble; was responsible for passage of Corrupt Practices Act and took part in the defeat of the Single Tax bill and bill to exempt personal property from tax obligations. He has taken a very active part in Republican politics and is now a member of the board of education. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I. O. O. F. In 1869 Mr. Tuttle married Henrietta L. Crocker of Stafford; they have one son, George M., a lawyer in Niagara Falls.



Source:
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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