Biography of Adison Bushnell
Madison County, NY Biographies





Bushnell, Addison, p. o. Lakeport, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Lakeport, was born in the vicinity of his present home, March 26, 1818. His family is one which has been identified with local history since the earliest settlement of northern Sullivan. His father was Reuben Bushnell, of Connecticut birth, and the family nativity is English. Mr. Bushnell has passed so much of a long and useful life in the immediate vicinity of Lakeport and owing to hereditary powers, as well as to pure and wholesome habits of life, carries his more than eighty years lightly. Always engaged in farming, he has prosecuted that avocation with the result of accumulating a large property and a cluster of choice farms aggregating over 400 acres. His lands have been, and still are, devoted largely to cattle and dairy products. When Reuben Bushnell first settled on the shores of Oneida Lake the primeval forest was yet practically unbroken; now it is a smiling expanse of arable fields. Mr. Bushnell's handsome home, built about thirty years ago and on a site which has been his home for nearly half a century, commands a delightful expanse of lake and shore from its verandas. Mr. Bushnell first married, in 1842, Amelia Keeler of Chatham, Columbia county; she died in 1877 One daughter was born to them, who died in 1861. The lady who since 1878 has dispensed the hospitalities of his home, was before her marriage, Mrs. Emma C. Harpham She yet mourns the loss of an only son by a former marriage. Hermon Harpham. Mr. Bushnell was formerly a Republican, but for nearly thirty years has been an active and consistent member of the Prohibition party. Despite his many years, those who count a full score less might well envy him his physical stamina and unclouded intellect.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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