Biography of George L. Curren
Oneida County, NY Biographies





The Curran family has been known in Oneida county for many years and the name has long been recognized as a synonym for integrity, industry and devotion to the principles of justice and truth.

George Langford Curran, who is engaged in the leather business of which his venerated father was one of the founders, was born in Utica, March 10, 1840, a son of Edward and Mary (Langford) Curran, the latter of whom was born in Westmoreland township, Oneida county, and died at Hudson, New York, in 1893, and was buried at Utica. The father was born at Lansingburg, New York, in 1804, and in his early manhood came to Utica where he learned the tanning trade under David P. Hoyt. In 1829 he associated with Airich Hubbell in the leather business under the firm name of Hubbell & Curran. He was a benevolent, upright and valued citizen who gained the respect of the entire community by his unselfish life, his death occurring in 1856. He was twice married and in his family were SIX Sons and two daughters.

A son, Henry Hastings Curran, is remembered as one of the most promising young men Utica has ever known. He was born September 27, 1841, and was graduated at Hamilton College in 1862, proving one of the brightest students in the college. He organized for the Civil war a company, of which he was elected captain, the company being commissioned to the One Hundred and Forty sixth Regiment of New York Volunteers. The regiment participated with the Fifth Army Corps in many of the great battles of the Army of the East, including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the battle of the Wilderness. Captain Curran was advanced to the office of major and in the battle of the Wilderness, May 4, 1864, while at the head of his men, acting as lieutenant colonel, was shot through the heart and instantly killed. His appointment as lieutenant colonel reached his family after his death and is a valued heirloom. At a reception given the One Hundred and Forty sixth Regiment on its return from the war the horse of Colonel Curran and that of Colonel Jenkins, both of the same regiment, were led by grooms in the civic and military procession that marked the occasion. A fund was subscribed in honor of Colonel Curran for a prize medal which is each year presented to the best classical scholar of the junior class of Hamilton College, his alma mater.

George Langford Curran. of this review, received his preliminary education in the public schools and later attended Free Academy and Yale University, graduating from the latter institution in 1863. He returned home and became a member of the firm of Edward Curran's Sons, which originally consisted of three brothers: Charles C., who died in 1858; Edward, who died in 1894; and George Langford. The house has been in existence for more than three quarters of a century and is one of the prosperous concerns of Utica. Its affairs have always been conducted in accordance with the most honorable principles and its success is evidence of the ability and progressiveness of its management.

On the 6th of September, 1865, Mr. Curran was married to Miss Cornelia Douglas, an only daughter of Dr. Isaac H. Douglas. The lather was a native of New York state and settled in Utica in 1857, becoming a leading physician of the City and one of its most respected citizens. He died March 13, 1884. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Curran: Gertrude Douglas, who is now living at home; and Stanley Douglas, who became a practicing physician in New York city and died February 4, 1911.

Mr. Curran has always taken an active interest in public affairs and served very acceptably as police and fire commissioner from 1881 to 1885. For a number of years he was trustee of the Savings Bank of Utica. No man has been more earnest in upholding the cause of good government or in promoting congenial business and social relations among his associates. He is a sincere believer in the authority and inspiration of the Bible and an active member of the Memorial Presbyterian church.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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