Biography of Henry C. Dexter


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Dexter, Henry C., son of Simon and Maria L. (Hardy) Dexter, was born in Black River, was educated in Black River, Watertown and Potsdam. Simon Dexter is a native of Orange, Mass., was born there on August 22, 1822, and has been a highly respected resident of Black River upwards of fifty years. He married Mary, daughter of Phineas Hardy, in 1851, and they had three children: Henry C., Charles P. and Fannie S. (deceased). The foundation of the H. C. Dexter chair company was laid in 1880 by Poor & Dexter, as a manufactory of bedding material. In October of the same year Mr. Dexter sold his interest to his nephew, Charles P. Dexter, and Charles Wolff, the firm being Poor, Wolff & Dexter. March 1, 1884, H. C. Dexter was admitted to the firm under the same name, until March 1, 1885, when Messrs. Poor and Wolff retired and D. H. and B. N. Scott were admitted, the firm becoming Dexter & Scott. After one year Messrs. Scott retired and the business was continued until 1896, when, upon the death of his brother, the business passed under the control of the present proprietor. A force of forty to seventy hands are employed, according to season and thegoods find a ready market in all the principal cities of the United States and old world. Mr. H. C. Dexter is an active man in business, church and social affairs.

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Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898