GEORGE T. EGBERT was born July 30th, 1851, at Erastina, near the place where he now resides. At twelve years
of age he entered the Mt. Washington Collegiate Institute, of New York city.
After passing through the course of study and graduating with high honors, he began business with the firm of Gasherie,
Emery & Co., 48 Walker street, New York, one of the largest dry goods jobbers and importers in the city. By
strict attention to business he soon rose to the position of bookkeeper for that house.
After remaining with the above firm for seven or eight years, Mr Egbert resigned his position, and in 1876 accepted.
the position of cashier with the Consolidated Fireworks Company of America, 9 and I I Park place, with a capital
of $2,500,000, the largest manufacturers and importers of fireworks and celebration goods in the world; having
branches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Rochester, Boston, Baltimore and St. Louis, and doing a business of $1,500,000
annually, their trade covering not only the United States, but extending to Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe
and the Sandwich Islands. The principal factories are at Graniteville, and cover sixty acres, but the company has
smaller factories at nearly all its branches. It has been awarded the contracts for all the large pyrotechnic displays
given in this country in recent years.
At the last annual meeting of the stockholders, Mr. Ebert, who is a large stockholder, was unanimously elected
secretary, a position which he now holds.
He is one of the charter members of the Northfield Building Loan Association one of the most prosperous organizations
of the kind in the state, its monthly receipts being $6,500. He has been a member of the board of education for
the past five years and was unanimously reelected at the last school meeting.
Mr. Egbert has been a member of Summerfield Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly twenty years and has filled,
at different times, every position of honor and trust in the church, being now president of the board of trustees,
and the church has been greatly benefited by his services and liberality.
In politics, Mr. Egbert is a straight out Cleveland Democrat, having voted for him three times for president. He
is also active in local politics, in favor of honest government and local improvements.
He was president of the board of sewer commissioners, until he resigned to accept the office of trustee of the
village of Port Richmond, to which he was elected at the last charter election. At the first meeting of the new
board of trustees, he was elected president.
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.
Richmond County, NY
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