Biography of Daniel A. Bullard

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DANIEL A. BULLARD was born in Schuylerville in 1814. His father, Alpheus Bullard, was a native of Sturbridge, Mass., and his mother, Hannah (Fitch) Ballard, a native of Greenfield, Saratoga county. Alpheus Ballard came to Schuylerville in 1810, when the thriving village on the banks of the Hudson was a small hamlet. When Daniel A. was seven years old his father moved into the town of Northumberland, where he remained until Daniel was eighteen years of age. At this time Daniel started out to face the world and to do for himself with a capital of sixteen cents and an indomitable will backed by fine health, physically speaking.

His first employment was with Cramer & Mulford of Grangerville, general merchants. He remained in their service five and one-half years, when he returned to Schuylerville, and in company with C. W. Mahew embarked in the mercantile 'business, which was continued for something like two years;. it being too slow business for the rugged, hustling young man, whose ambitious nature looked forward to something more in keeping 'with his ideas of getting along in the world. Early railroad building offered the desired opening, and after two years of mercantile life in Schuylerville he disposed of his business and engaged in contract work with the Vermont Central railroad, which was at that time under construction. In this work he was engaged for five years and upon its completion went to the State of Indiana, and was for one year engaged in the same line; his return and engagement with R. W. Lowber of Bald Mountain, in the same line of work occupied his attention for the next three years.

In 1863, he, with others, organized the Schuylerville Paper Co. and erected the present plant; in 1870, Mr. Bullard having acquired the entire capital stock of the concern, he in 1872 gave an interest to his son, Edward C. Bullard, and in 1875 his second son, Charles M., was admitted. In 1896 the business was incorporated and again became the Schuylervlile Paper Co., with Daniel A. Bullard president and Edward C. Bullard, as superintendent and general manager. The plant has a frontage of 800 feet on Broadway, and is thoroughly equipped with all modern appliances for the manufacture of paper, which forms the product of the concern. Fifty hands are employed, and owing to the care in manufacturing and the great reputation acquired in the past, the goods turned out are shipped to large established markets.

Mr. Bullard has been so long identified in business and socially with the village of Schuylerville, he has become a fixed figure in its daily transactions. Always a Republican, his voice and influence has gone out in behalf of the principles of the party. He has enjoyed many of the honors that the party bestows; has been supervisor of the town of Saratoga from 1875 to 1878; in 1870 was elected president of the village and held the position five terms. In 1875 'he was tendered the nomination for Congress, but declined the honor on account of pressing business engagements. He is one of the largest stockholders in and president of the National Bank of Schuylerville. His influence and the works of his hand are everywhere to be observed in the laying out and arrangement of the streets, as well as his great interest in everything calculated to advance the material interest of the community. The visitor to the beautiful Rural Cemetery on Prospect Hill is greeted with a statue of this gentleman which occupies a conspicuous position in the Bullard lot. The statue was executed by F. Muer of Boston, is eight feet in height and with base pedestal is eighteen feet in height; it was erected fifteen years ago under the supervision of William H. Thomas of Saratoga Springs.

That the mantle of the father seldom falls to the son is not borne out in Mr. Ballard's case, but may be said to have a double realization in the career of his son, Edward C. Ballard, whose untimely death in October, 1897, at the age of fifty-six years, removed from the community a business man whose equal it would be difficult to match, a citizen whose traits and characteristics to be understood thoroughly had only to be known to be appreciated. After him his son, Daniel A. Ballard 2d, the present superintendent of the mills, seems to have demonstrated the correctness of the proposition cited. Although' a young man, with a veteran's maturity, he has become a personification in a business sense of both his father and grandfather. He is a young man of great promise, possessing a quick insight into details and methods, and is conceded a rare business future.

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