Biography of Lebbeus Burton
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Burton, Lebbeus, was born in Norwich, Vt., June 24, 1826. He is the son of Jacob and Betsey (Safford) Burton, of New England; his father died in 1843, and his mother in 1830. Lebbeus Burton received his education in the Norwich High School and in 1848 came to Troy and entered the drug business with the firm of Baddean & Stoddard with whom he remained as a clerk seven years, when he became a partner under the firm name of Stoddard & Burton. Mr. Stoddard sold his interest and the firm name was changed to L. Burton & Co., which was continued until January 1, 1896, when Mr. Burton retired, still retaining his interest therein as a special partner. The firm has always done a large wholesale and retail trade, and is the second oldest wholesale drug firm in the city of Troy; the success of the business was accomplished largely through the personal and energetic efforts of Mr. Burton. Soon after becoming a partner he established the system of paying cash and receiving the benefits of discount, being among the first in the trade in the city to adopt that system, and he credits that as being one of the causes of his success. He has a beautiful place on Ninth street, Troy, called "Sunnyside," where he resides. "Sunnyside" is one of the handsomest places in Troy; the lawn contains several acres handsomely laid out and ornamented with beautiful trees, shrubbery, and flowering plants. In 1885 he married Mrs. Rachael Burton, who died in 1888. In politics Mr. Burton has always been a Republican. As a business man he has always held a prominent place in Troy, being recognized as among the most reliable men in the city.

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


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