Biography of Richard F. Hall
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Hall, Richard F., was born in Troy, N. Y., September 24, 1833. He is a son of Daniel and Anjinette (Fitch) Hall. His father was born in Westminster, Vt., and was the son of Judge Lot Hall of the Supreme Court of Vermont. He graduated from Middleboro College and came to Troy in 1804, where he entered the office of Judge Amasa Paine, and afterwards became his partner and practiced law until his death, which occurred December 10, 1868. His mother died in 1884. R. F. Hall received his education in private schools in Troy until 1849 when he entered Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass., and prepared for college and entered Harvard in 1850 and was graduated in 1854. He then engaged in the lumber business under the firm name of Culver & Hall at West Troy, and after five years bought Mr. Culver's interest and the firm was known as Hall, Russell & Co., and continued in business until August, 1875. In 1879 he was made superintendent of the West Troy Gas tight Company which position he occupied for nine years. He always took a great deal of interest in the fire department and became a member on July 17, 1855, of the Washington Volunteer Fire Company, and was captain of the company in 1857 and 1858, and again from 1860 to 1866, when he was made chief of the fire department of Troy, and held that office until March, 1869. He was made fire commissioner in 1872, serving two terms of six years each. He was appointed water commissioner in 1870, in which capacity he is still acting. He is a member of the American Gas Light Association, a director in the West Troy National Bank, trustee and secretary of the Troy Orphan Asylum, served twelve years in the National Guard and is a member of St. John's Episcopal church. He was married to Miss Sarah Helen Belding, February 2, 1860, who is the daughter of Wells Belding of Troy.

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


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