Biography of George N. Bowman
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Bowman, George N., was born September 12, 1824, in Herkimer county, a son of Frederick Bowman, who married Electa Brown. In 1829 they removed to the town of Yates and engaged in farming. They had five children: George N., L. W., Elizabeth, Almira and Henry B., two of whom are now living, George N., and Henry B. He resides in Carleton and is engaged in farming. George N., our subject received a common school education and in 1857 with Birdsall J. Perrigo, engaged in the mercantile trade at Sandy Creek, and continued in business there until 1867, when he removed to Holley, and with C. W. Gibson, established the Exchange Bank of Holley, Mr. Bowman acting as cashier. One year latter Mr. Gibson sold his interest to George W. Stoddard, Mr. Bowman then becoming president. In May, 1871, Mr. Stoddard sold his interest to Luther D. Hurd, who remained a member of the firm until September 1, 1882, at which date he sold his interest to Orange A. Eddy and John Downs, the firm name now becoming Eddy, Downs & Bowman. In 1884 Mr. Eddy died, his interest being transferred to the two remaining partners, who have since conducted a general banking and insurance business, under the firm name of Downs & Bowman. Mr. Bowman has long been one of the substantial men of the village, is a Democrat, has filled the office of village trustee, and was president one year. He was one of the organizers of the Holley Electric Co., of which he is treasurer. In 1856 he was collector of Murray and in 1883 was elected supervisor, and reelected the following year. He is a member of Murray Lodge No. 380 F. & A. M., and is the only charter member now living. Has been an officer in the lodge since its formation, having been master ten years, and treasurer and trustee. He is also a member of the Orleans Chapter No. 175 and Monroe Commandery No. 12. Mr. Bowman married in 1850 Mary Jane, daughter of Calvin Church, of Murray. Calvin Church was born in Hampshire county, Mass., March 3, 1792. Upon reaching manhood he located in Manchester, Ontario county, pursuing the business of carriage making, when his shop with all its valuable contents was burned, with no insurance. He turned his attention to various other pursuits with the average success of a young man of limited means. In 1822 he married Ruth S. Newell, born in Lenox, Mass., in 1804, and they settled in Black Rock, then a suburb of Buffalo, thence removed to a farm near Moscow, Livingston county. After a time he sold his interest, and going to North Chili engaged in hotelkeeping, which he pursued successfully for many years. Removing to Albion in 1834, he rented the Mansion House and soon after bought the property and made extensive repairs and improvements, his hotel being second to none in that locality and his fame as a host extended far beyond the bounds of the county. In 1844 he sold the hotel, taking in part payment another one in Sandy Creek. where he removed a year later and rebuilding the hotel, which he named the Lafayette House, kept it until 1852, then sold and removed to his farm adjacent where he remained until the death of his wife, February 3, 1870, when he retired from active life, living with his daughter, Mrs. George N. Bowman in Holley until his death, September 1, 1876, at the age of eighty four years. He left the honorable record of a good citizen, an upright man and a loyal friend. He was a lifelong Democrat and warm personal friend of Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice Sanford E. Church. Soon after coming to this State he united with the Masonic Fraternity, passing with them through the exciting Anti Masonic crisis and emerged ready to assist in raising the order to the prestige since attained. He was a member of Renovation Lodge No. 97, and a charter member of Orleans Chapter No. 175. He left three children: William N., who died in 1884; Sarah. who never married and who lives with her sister, and Mary J., the wife of George N. Bowman, banker of Honey, N. Y.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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