Biography of William H. Hart
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Hart, William Howard, was born in Troy in November, 1820, and was the oldest son of Richard P. Hart, one of the most successful merchants Troy ever produced, who accumulated a large estate and left a large family. When twelve years of age William Howard Hart was placed in the school of George W. Francis, one of the most celebrated teachers of that day. Here the foundation of a fine education was laid. In 1837 Mr. Hart went to Canada, where he was placed under the instruction of Father Migneau, where he remained one year. In 1838, in company with E. Thompson Gale, he made a tour of the United States, and the year following both began a two years' trip through Europe, Asia and Africa In 1845 Mr. Hart married Mary E., daughter of Jacob L. Lane, who survives him. He was always prominently identified with the business interests of Troy, and as a public spirited citizen he was counted among the best that Troy ever produced. He spent his business life in the care of the large estate left by his father and in the care of his mother's estate, which he conducted under her supervision up to the time of his death. His mother's estate was very large, aggregating several millions. He was also a director of the Troy City Bank. a trustee of the Troy Savings Bank and a director of the local railroads. He was deeply versed in the literature of the day and a most genial companion in social life. He never cared to assume the duties of a political position, but the city of his nativity was his pride and its every onward step in the march of commercial progress gave him unbounded delight. Within his bosom there beat a heart so warm and true that men were proud of his acquaintance and jealous of his friendship. To the friendless and unfortunate he was ever kind, and many young orphans of Troy were often made glad through his bounty.

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


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