Biography of Edward H. Thompson
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Thompson, Edward H., has for many years been one of Watertown's leading citizens and merchants. He was born in Martinsburg, Lewis county, N. Y., in September, 1835. After completing his schooling he went to New Haven, Conn., to take up the study of portrait painting with Wales Hotchkiss, where he remained for three years, but was forced to give up his chosen profession on account of defective eyesight. In 1859 he removed to Watertown and engaged in the retail grocery business in company with Mr. Tyler, under the style of E. H. Thompson & Co. This copartnership continued until 1866, when Mr. Thompson purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until 1892, when he admitted J. W. Van Camp and L. J. McDonald, under the firm name of E. H. Thompson & Co., which firm is now one of the largest in Northern New York. Mr. Thompson was married in November, 1860, to Mary E. Isham, who died in 1803, and he was again married in May, 1866, to Mary A. Hopkins.

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