Biography of Albert O. Willcox
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

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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ALBERT O. WILLCOX.

ALBERT O. WILLCOX was born in New York city, May 10, 1810. He was a rare and estimable gentleman, and had taken part, not only in important business transactions, and associated intimately with leading national characters, but also participated in great national questions. He was, for some years, confidential financial manager (dispenser, of credits) to the great merchant, A. T. Stewart, where his incorruptibility, humanity, integrity and ability were, at times, fully tested. He was a fearless anti slavery man, and all his long life of eighty-seven years he conscientiously cast both his moral and political influence on the side of right as against might. Subsequent to his (voluntary) severance of relations with A. T. Stewart he established in Paris, London and leading cities of the United States, what was then called the Dunn Mercantile Agency, and which is now the highest authority for credits in the United States, and probably in Europe. Later, Mr. Willcox and son, Hamilton Willcox, established in New York a life and fire insurance which, under the very able management of Albert Willcox & Co., has grown to large' proportions in cotton, and marine, and other business, as also in large European connections.

Mr. Willcox's first wife was a highly intellectual and cultivated lady. She was also born in New York city, and was the daughter of James H. Hamilton. Mr. Willcox's second wife survives him. She was a daughter of John V. Stanton, of Amsterdam, N. Y. She had studied and practiced medicine in New York city. Her few years with her venerable husband, whom she revered for his amiability and high character, was full of that happiness which is the reward of merit, and her appreciation of one of the noblest of men. Mr. Willcox is survived by two brothers (both Congregational clergymen) and a sister. The type of excellence and superiority which so distinguishes one member of this family distinguishes them all.


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