Biography of Alexander M. Knowlson
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Knowlson, Alexander M., was born in Sand Lake, Rensselaer county, in 1842. His father, Richard J. Knowlson, came from England in 1804, and settled in Albany, N. Y., and engaged in the dry goods business, afterwards moved to Sand Lake and went into the manufacture of glass. In 1824 he went into the lumber business at Sand Lake and erected the first steam saw mill in Rensselaer county. He died in 1857. A. M. Knowlson attended educational institutions in Sand Lake and Stamford, Conn., and came to Troy in 1858. He went into the employ of W. E. Hagan, and on February 16, 1864, purchased Mr. Hagan's interest and has carried on the business himself since. Finding that his business required more room, he built the store on Broadway and on January 16, 1871, moved into it. Mr. Knowlson has one of the most complete drug stores in the country, and his motto has always been accuracy, promptness, and cleanliness. He carries the largest stock of photographic materials in Northern New York both for amateurs and professionals. He is a member of Mt. Zion Lodge No. 311, F. & A. M. He married Mary R. Peters of New York, February 20, 1868.

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


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