JOHN H. ELSWORTH, son of Capt. Wm: Elsworth, was born at Bayonne, N. J., in 1843. Hewas educated in the schools
at Bayonne, and remained there in business with his brothers, who were extensive oyster planters, until 1877, when
he came to Staten Island and entered into copartnership with his present partner, Capt. Peter Woolworth, in the
oyster planting business, in which line the firm has always done a successful business and attained a high financial
Mr. Elsworth has always been a staunch, hardworking and active Republican. In 1888, he received the unanimous nomination
of the Richmond County Republican Con vention, for the office of sheriff, and was elected by nearly two hundred
majority, although it was a presidential year and Cleveland carried the county by nearly nineteen hundred. A desperate
effort was made to defeat his election on forged returns, but the fraud was discovered in time to prevent his defeat,
and he was triumphantly ushered into office, Jan. rst, 1889.
During his term of office Sheriff Elsworth was often publicly complimented by the supreme court judges, and by
the county judge, on the efficient and faithful manner in which he performed the duties of the office, and at the
close of his official term Justice Cullen, of the supreme court, ands the members of the County bar, irrespective
of party, paid a high tribute to the manner in which Mr. Elsworth had performed his duties during his entire term.
Mr. Elsworth comes of a sea faring family, noted for their skill in seamanship, his father having been a captain
of a coasting vessel, at the early age of fourteen years. His brother Philip was a successful designer of yachts.
Among the famous craft designed by him were the Montague, the Grayling and the Atlantic. His brother Joseph was
one of the most skillful skippers that ever sailed in New York harbor. He commanded the Puritan in its race against
the English yacht Genesta, and the May Flower against the Galatea, in both of which races he was successful, and
won the cup.
Mr. Elsworth was married on the thirty fourth anniversary of his birthday, June 21st, 1877, to Miss Elizabeth L.
Jones, daughter of James S. Jones, of Snow Hill, Md. They have no children.
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.
Richmond County, NY
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