Biography of King S. Chittenden
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Chittenden, King S., Hopkinton, was born in Hopkinton, February 20, 1833, a son of Clark S., son of Solomon Chittenden, of Connecticut, whose ancestors were Welsh and English. He married in Vermont Susannah Sanford, by whom he bad five sons, and he and wife spent their last days in Hopkinton. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and died at the age of ninety six, and his wife aged ninety two. Clark S. was born in Benson, Vt., May 16, 1803, and at the age of sixteen began to learn the currier's and tanner's trade, at which he worked four summers, attending school winters. Early in life he engaged in the mercantile business in Hopkinton, which by strict attention to business and by honorable methods he made into a prosperous trade, which he continued forty years then turned over to his Sons King S. and Varick A. January 8, 1828, he married Julia A. Sheldon, born May 27, 1808, in Hopkinton, a daughter of Abram Sheldon, one of the pioneers of the town. They had five children, two surviving, our subject and V. A. Chittenden. He was justice of the peace forty three years, postmaster sixteen years, supervisor six years, and member of the State Legislature two years, 1859-60. He was always in favor of good schools, and he and wife were members of the Congregational church. He died May 18, 1890, and his wife May 19, 1880. King S. was educated in Potsdam Academy and at Bakersfield, Vt., and clerked in the post. office under William L. Knowles in 1851-52. In 1857, in partnership with his brother, V. A., he engaged in the mercantile business until 1874, when he sold his interest to his brother and took charge of their farm and stock business, in which they had also been engaged for a number of years. They own 435 acres of land, the homestead of their father. In their busIness career they have built up an enviable reputation for integrity and liberality. in politics our subject is a Republican and has served as town clerk and as supervisor, which latter office he held from 1888 to 1894, when he refused a renomination. He has been postmaster in this town for twenty years. October 10, 1859, he married Sarah E. Hopkins, of Potsdam, daughter of Aaron T. Hopkins, who came to Potsdam in 1828, and married Betsey Eastman, daughter of Samuel Eastman, a pioneer of Hopkinton. He engaged in the loather business, and in 1840 built the large stone tannery at Potsdam. He was supervisor nine terms. Mr. Chittenden and wife reared Emma S. Ingalls, who married Sanford H. Chittenden, who thed December 22, 1887, leaving two sons, S. King and Sidney I.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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