Biography of Samuel M. Vail
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Vail, Samuel M., was born in Troy, N. Y., June 7, 1832, and was the eldest son of Townsend M. and Martha (Card) Vail, who were among the most esteemed residents of this city. Townsend M. Vail was practically a life long citizen of Troy and for many years a prominent flour merchant on the southwest corner of River and Congress streets. In 1856 Samuel M. Vail, who had received a liberal education in the schools of his native city, was admitted as a partner of his father tnder the firm name of Townsend M. Vail & Son, succeeding the old firm of Vail & Hayner. He carried a successful business for several years and finally retired, and died in Troy on the 24th of April, 1889. Mr. Vail was a trustee of the Troy Savings Bank in 1869, second vice president in 1879, and first vice president in 1886. He was for many years a director in the old Troy and Boston Railroad Company, and was also interested in other railroad enterprises. He was one of the directors of the Congress street bridge from the organization of the company until his death, and was also a director in the Troy Gaslight Company and a foundation member of the Troy Club. He was long a trustee of the Second Street Presbyterian church and one of the building committee during the erection of music hall. In 1858 Mr. Vail was married to Miss Frances Hart, daughter of the late Hon. Richard P. Hart, of Troy, who survives him. They had three children: Thomas Vail, of Troy; Fanny Hart, wife of Sidney G. Ashmore, of Schenectady, N. Y.; and Martha Card Vail, of Troy.

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


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