Biography of James M. Marvin
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

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JAMES M. MARVIN.

HON. JAMES MADISON MARVIN was born in the town of Ballston, Saratoga county, N. Y., February 27, 1809. He received a good English education at his native place, but his business tendency early asserted itself and in 1828 he came to Saratoga Springs and took the management of a hotel. The next year he spent in Albany, connected with the new American Hotel; in 1830 he returned to Saratoga Springs as one of the proprietors of the United States Hotel and has been a resident of this place ever since. From 1841 to 1852 his brother, Judge Thomas J. Marvin, was associated with him in the management of the United States Hotel. In 1852 Judge Marvin died and James M. Marvin conducted the hotel until 1865, when it was destroyed by fire.

In 1841 the Bank of Saratoga Springs (now the First National Bank) was established by James M. and Judge Thomas J. Marvin, and Mr. Marvin is today the president of the bank. He was for over fifty years a director of the Schenectady and Saratoga railroad and for some years a director of the N. Y. C. railroad. He has also played a prominent part in the political affairs of this county; was supervisor of the town of Saratoga Springs in 1845, 1857, 1862 and 1874; in 1845 he was elected to the Assembly on the Whig ticket. In 1856 he joined the Democratic party, but since the breaking out of the Rebellion has been a staunch Republican; in 1862 he was elected to Congress and served for six years.

September 26, 1858, Mr. Marvin married Rhoby H. Barnum of Ballston Spa, and their living children are Mary Benedict, Francis Barnum, Caroline and Rhoby. The Marvin family in America dates back to 1635, when Matthew Marvin came from England and settled in Hartford, Conn. His son, Matthew Marvin 2d, was also born in England; his son Samuel was born in Norwalk, Conn., and had a son Josiah Marvin, whose son William came west and died in Saratoga county in 1810. His son, William Marvin, married Mary Benedict and had three Sons: Alvah B., Judge Thomas J., and Hon. James M., the subject of this sketch.


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