Biography of Capt. George W. Horton
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Horton, Captain George W., was born in Esopus, Ulster county, N. Y., March 18, 1836. His grandparents were Quakers. His father, David Horton, a native of Orange county, was a Quaker and held the highest office in the Quaker church, and died in 1856. His mother, Deborah Walters, was a native of Washington, Dutchess county, N. Y.; she died in 1857. He received his education in the district school, going to school three months in a year and. working on a farm. In 1854 he went to New York, where he entered a wholesale jobbing house. One year later he went in business in Ulster county. His brother died and he returned to his home. His mother died shortly after and he sold the homestead and went in the steamboat business, "Cornell's Line," at Rondout, N. Y. In 1861 he was appointed freight agent of the line and held that position for four years and formed the firm of Cornell, Horton & Co., and bought out the Catskill Steamboat line. He came to Troy in 1872 and was one of the organizers of the Citizens' Line of steamers and has held the position of general agent since. He is a member of the State street M. E. church and one of the governors of Marshall Infirmary. He was married to Catherine A. Fulton of Columbia county, who died. His present wife was Catherine E. Stickle of Dutchess county.

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


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