Biography of Charles H. Rising
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Rising, Charles H., was born in Westport, N. Y., October 19, 1825. His early ancestors came from England about 1656 and located in Boston, Mass. His greatgrandfather, Benjamin Rising, settled in Southwick, Mass. His grandfather, Asahel Rising, was born in Southwick, Mass., and by trade was a clothier. He moved to Wilisborough, N. Y., in 1796 and there built a woolen mill. He served in the war of 1812, as did his son, Roderick R. Rising. In 1816 he sold out his business and removed to Aurora, O., where he died. Charles H. Rising's father, Roderick R. Rising, was born in Southwick, Mass., January 19, 1794, and worked with his, father in the woolen mills under the firm name of Asahel Rising & Son. He afterward removed to Westport, N. Y., where he continued the same business. He was married in 1820 to Lydia A. Fitch of Litchfield, Conn., a sister of Timothy Fitch, who was secretary of the interior under President Fillmore. In 1832 he moved to Middlebury, Vt., where he was in the woolen manufacturing business for a time, returning to Westport four years later. He went out of business in 1850, and with his wife removed to Troy in 1859 to reside with his son, Charles H., where he died in 1880. Mr. Rising's mother died in 1878. Charles H. Rising received his education in the public schools at Middlebury, Vt., and the Westport, N. Y., Academy. In 1838 he went to Ausable Forks and was employed in stores there and at Clintonville three and a half years. In July, 1842, he came to Troy and worked in the dry goods stores of Jared Brewster and Augustus C. Taylor about four years, when he became a partner of E. B. Strout, the fIrm name being E. B. Strout & Co., who conducted a wholesale millinery business. Three years later Mr. Stront retired, James F. Stephens and Charles H. Rising having purchased his interest in the concern, the firm being Stephens & Rising. Three years later Mr. Stephens retired, he being succeeded by Rufus S. Munn, the firm being Rising & Munn. Mr. Rising continued in business alone until 1873, when his son, Charles G., was made a partner, and the firm was Charles H. Rising & Son until the death of the latter in 1881. When Mr. Rising entered upon a business career in Troy the transactions in his establishment were comparatively small, but by his untiring zeal and energy and the display of rare business tact, within a few years his store became one of the largest of its kind in the State outside of New York city. Mr. Rising retired from business soon after the death of his son and partner. He is one of the oldest members of Mt. Zion Lodge, F. & A. M., in which he holds a life membership. He was elected supervisor from the Second ward in 1871 and was the first Democrat to hold that office in over twenty years. He was also a director in the Central National Bank for twenty five years. His grandparents, as well as his mother's family, were Church of England people. Mr. Rising has always attended the Episcopal church and his family are communicants. He married Elizabeth R. Gould, daughter of Col. Samuel P. Gould, one of the earliest settlers of Rochester, N Y., in 1853. She died in 1859, leaving one son, Charles Gould Rising. His present wife is Emma. daughter of Anthony Seiler of Troy, to whom he was married in 1867. They have one son, Harold C. Rising, a lawyer of Troy, who was born in 1872.

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


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