Biography of James A. Beckett
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Beckett, James A., though born in Ireland in 1854 is of English ancestry, and son of William Beckett, late of Hoosick Falls. They came to America in 1860 when James was but six years of age, yet a storm at sea between Westport and Liverpool is visibly impressed upon his mind. They located at Cohoes, where James was educated at St. John's school. He came to Homesick in 1871, beginning work for Mr. Wood in learning the molding trade. He became an enthusiast on the subject, and in 1887 was made superintendent of the foundry, where instituted reforms and improved methods are due to his genius. Mr. Beckett is a Republican, and was chairman of the assembly and of the county convention in 1895, and was twice commissioner of police, and conspicuous in local reforms of government. He is a member of St. Mark's Episcopal church and prominent in Masonic circles. He is the author of "One Hundred Years of Free Masonry in Hoosick," issued in 1893 and recognized as a masterly and exhaustive work. In 1876 he married Annie Acton of Albany.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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