Biography of Daniel J. Hull
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Hull, Daniel J., a representative citizen of the town of Berlin, was born in this town on the Hull homestead in 1844. Daniel Hull, his great grandfather, was a native of Connecticut, he settled in Berlin in 1772 bringing his family with him. Major Daniel his grandfather, was born in town of Redding, Conn., in 1762; he grew to prominence in the town of Berlin in the military; held various offices up to a major's commission, by which title he was generally known. He was one of the political men of the old school, affiliating with the Federalists; a frequent member in conventions representing his people in State and county, and a member of the Legislature. He was a strong advocate of freeman's rights; unambitious, acting from principles of duty that he owed to his fellowman, a promoter of arts and sciences, a friend to the oppressed; when the Declaration of Independence was received he read it for the first time, publicly, in the Valley of the Hoosick to the inhabitants of this part of the country who had assembled at this place to hear it read; he was an active worker in raising troops for the Revolutionary army and later took part himself and was at the surrender of Burgoyne, his son, Hezekiah, being with hint; he was a magistrate for many years; he died August 26, 1811; age had impaired his intellectual powers and for several years before his death he was incapable of attending to business; he reared three sons and one daughter. Benjamin Hull, the father of Daniel J., was born on the same Hull homestead in 1787; he spent his entire life on the homestead which he later owned; he was thrifty, ambitious and prosperous and in politics a staunch Republican; his wife was Maria Jones, who was born in Berlin, a daughter of James Jones and granddaughter of Major James Jones of Revolutionary war fame; they reared two sons and four daughters; he died in 1869 and his wife in 1883. Mr. Hull is the youngest of his father's family. He remained on the homestead, cared for his parents during their old age and until their death, and later owned the home farm where he resided until 1891, when he sold his farm and retired to the village of Beriin. Mr. Hull has been prominently identified with the Republican party for many years; his first public office was in 1870 when he acted as justice of the peace, and since then has been elected supervisor seven terms, in which capacity he is now serving; at one time he filled the office for five successive years. He was president of the Republican Club for three years, is a member of the Berlin Chess Club, and a prominent and active man in all town and public affairs appertaining to the welfare of his country. In 1865 he was married to Miss Adelaide Denison. She was a native of Stephentown and daughter of Pardee Denison and granddaughter of Col. George T. Denison, who was assemblyman from his district. To Mr. and Mrs. Hull were born three children: Arthur D., Louis, and Daniel Streeter. Arthur is a resident of Rome, Ga., where he is manager of a manufacturing company. Mrs. Hull died January, 1891, much lamented; she was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. and Mrs. Hull were noted for their hospitality and as entertainers they were always ready for company and the company was always welcome.

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


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