Biography of Hon. J. Russell Parsons
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Parsons, Hon. J. Russell, was born at Hoosick Falls, October 14, 1830, and continues to reside at the old homestead on High street in that village. Educated at the Ball Academy and at Brown University, he was graduated from the latter institution as a civil engineer, and for many years practiced that profession on State canals and in construction of various railroads throughout the United States. Since 1852 he has been associated with the Walter A. Wood Machine Co. as vice president, and as a trusted adviser ot the late Mr. Wood. For about twenty five years he has had charge of the patent business of the firm, demonstrating legal and administrative ability of the highest order. Mr. Parsons is a Democrat of the old school, earnest, determined, and sincere, and is popular with all classes and parties. Of his personal benevolence little has become known outside those 'who have benefited by his noble and unostentatious charities. Always foremost in advancing educational interests, he has, during a long term of years as president of the local Board of Education, done much to elevate the standard of educational facilities, and in the county legislature left a clear and admirable record as its presiding officer.

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


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