Biography of John Don
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Don, John, was born in Scotland in 1841, of Scotch parentage; he is the youngest of a family of ten, six of whom died in infancy; he was named after his father, John Don; his mother's name was Janet Bailile; he came to America when about fifteen years of age, and since then has resided in Troy. He was engaged in the cut stone business until about 1888, when he became interested in the manufacture of wrought iron pipe in Cohoes, N. Y., under the name of the Cohoes Tube Works, which employs about 250 hands. He is also president of the Syracuse Tube Company of Syracuse, N. Y., whose specialty is the manufacture of high grade boiler tubes. A Republican, he has taken an active interest in political affairs, and was alderman of the Seventh and Fourth wards two years each, being first elected in 1870. He was a member of the Public Improvements Committee during its existence. He has been a trustee of the Masonic Hall Association since the erection of the temple and is now president of its board of trustees. He is first vice president of the Republican Club of Troy, has long been a director of the Troy City National Bank, is a member of the Troy Club, was one of the Committee of Public Safety, and for about fourteen years served on General Carr's staff. On October 3, 1896, he was appointed by Governor Morton treasurer of Rensselaer county, vice George H. Morrison resigned. He received the nomination of county treasurer October 8, 1896, by the Republican convention. Mr. Don is an energetic, public spirited and enterprising citizen, and a business man of unquestioned ability and integrity.

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


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