Biography of Hiram Newell
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

D-Descriptive guide of the battlefield of Saratoga

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HIRAM NEWELL.

HIRAM NEWELL is a descendant from the Connecticut branch of Newells. Thomas Newell was the first of the name to settle in Farmington, whither he came from Hartford in its early settlement, it is said from Hertfordshire, England. His name appears in Farmington, Conn., among the original settlers not long after 1640. Daniel Newell, grandfather of Hiram, was born at that place September 16, 1755; he took an active part in the Revolutionary war; and soon after independence was declared he removed with his wife, Nancy (Curtis) Newell, to Tin mouth, Vt., and while residing there was chosen captain of the artillery company and retained that position until his removal to Burke, Vt. While a resident of that town he was often chosen to fill town offices, and was a representative in the Legislature from 1810 to 1813, and it is said always discharged his duty with fidelity and dispatch.,

His grandson, Hiram Newell, was born at Burke, Caledonia county, Vt., July 21, 1815, a son of Rufus and Betsey (Beckwith) Newell. His early boyhood days were spent on the farm at that place and in 1833 he removed with his parents to Jay, Essex county, N. Y. After serving a short time as clerk he engaged in the iron and mercantile business until 1845, when he sold out and removed to Port Henry, where he was éashier and bookkeeper in the Port Henry Iron Works. After two years he returned to Jay and again engaged in the iron and mercantile business until 1852, when he removed to Tonawanda. Here he entered the dry goods business aiad during his residence there held town offices, such as trustee and president of the village. In 1860 he served one term in the Legislature, and after the inauguration of President Lincoln was appointed customs officer and served four years in that capacity. In 1872 Mr. Newell came to Saratoga Springs and for sixteen years was engaged in the mercantile business. May 26, 1886, he was elected director of the Citizens' Bank, and the following year served as vicepresident of the bank.

Mr. Newell married Phoebe Ter Bush, who died in 1894, and he has two sons: John Augustus of Portland, Oregon, and George R. of Minneapolis, Minn., and had two daughters: Lillian Stone Newell, who resides with her father, and Alice R. (who married Mr. Henry Tyler Johnson). She died April 12, 1882, leaving one son, George Newell Johnson.


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