Biography of Edwin H. Atwater
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Atwater, Edwin H., Norfolk, was born in Norfolk, April 30, 1834. His father, Hiram Atwater, a native of Williston, Vt., was born January 1, 1802, a son of Jonathan and Sarah (Badger) Atwater, natives of Connecticut who settled in Vermont in an early day. In 1828, at the age of twenty six, Hiram came to Norfolk and taught several terms of school. He then went to Vermont, and February 8, 1830, married Hannah Miner, a native of Williston, by whom he had three sons; Henry M., Edwin H., and Lucius L. Henry M. went to California in 1881, and died in April, 1883. Lucins L. died in his home in Norfolk, September 11, 1892. In 1830 Mr. Atwater returned to Norfolk, where he spent the remainder of his days. He engaged in the lumber business in connection with farming and mercantile business until 1856, when he built a tannery. In 1863 he retired from business, and died June 23, 1871. He has witnessed all and borne a part in many of the local improvements of the last half century. He served in nearly every position of honor and trust in his town. In business matters he was honest, reliable and straightforward, and was a man of strictly temperate habits and liberal Christian sentiment. His son, Edwin H., was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. At sixteen years of age he engaged as clerk for a short time. His father starting in business in 1851, the son engaged as clerk for him until 1856, and then entered the mercantile business for himself, in partnership with his brothers, and in 1863 this partnership was dissolved and another formed with G. B. Holbrook. In 1865 this was also dissolved and the business sold to Sayles & Sumner. In 1867 Mr. Atwater formed a partnership with A. F. Sayles, which has been continued to the present time. He is interested in real estate in Norfolk and adjoining towns. He is independent in politics, and was justice of the peace for several years, supervisor nine years, and was also supervisor in Ogdensburg for one year, having resided in that city from 1886 to 1889. October 22, 1860, Mr. Atwater married Lavina C. Yale, a native of Norfolk, and a daughter of Lloyd C. Yale of that town. They have had three children Horace G., Grace Y., and Lucia H.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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