Biography of Harris S. Hawthorn
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Hawthorn, Harris S., is a native of Salem, N. Y., and first son of William Hawthorn, also a native of that place, born in 1796. He was a blacksmith, and died in 1845 after only one year's residence in Hoosick Falls. Harris S. was born in 1832, and educated at Hoosick Falls. He acquired the carpenter's trade and was twenty five years in the mower shops. He is a prominent official in the M. E. church, and a devout and faithful member; also chaplain of the G. A. R. Post. Mr. Hawthorn has a worthy war record. Enlisting in 1860 in Co. F, 121st N. Y. Vols., he served three years and rose from a private soldier to a sergeant. Perhaps the most striking event of his life was his capture of General Curtis Lee, son of Major General Robert E. Lee, an act of personal prowess and gallantry duly established and recorded in the official annals of the war, and for which he but recently received a commemora tive medal, a just but tardy recognition of his bravery. He is a member of Van Rensselaer Lodge No. 400, F. & A. M., of Raymer Chapter No. 248, R. A. M., and a member and medallist of Honor Legion, Washington, D. C. He is a thorough Republican, and is proud in asserting it.

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


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