Biography of John McDougall
Steuben County, NY Biographies





McDougall, John, was born in Paisley, Scotland, July 25, 1833. When eighteen years of age he arrived in this country an almost penniless and inexperienced lad. His first year in America was spent in Brooklyn, and the next in Syracuse. He subsequently removed to Oswego, wnere he entered into partnership with a Mr. Avery, a partnership that continued for nearly thirty five years. The firm built several gas works, among them the one at Hornellsville, which was built in 1861, and Mr. McDougall was a resident of Hornellsville from that date until his death, which occurred November 2, 1888. He was not only one of the best known citizens of Hornellsyule, but his reputation extended throughout the States, both in political and business circles, his frank and honorable nature, coupled with great energy and sagacity, making him a valuable factor in both. He possessed all the characteristics of the hardy, energetic race, whence he sprang. The impress of Mr. McDougall's energy and intellect was left upon every year's growth of Hornellsville, from the time he became a resident here until his death. Besides his many local enterprises, he was interested in chemical works in Allegany with Messrs. Hilton & Sherwood, at Hiltonville. He formed another partnership with Mr. Keery, of Hancock, and erected at that point one of the largest acid works in the country, known as the Cadosia Chemical Works. Mr. McDougall was first president of the R., H. & L. R. R., and was deeply interested in every public enterprise, to which. he lent his influence and contributed generously of his means. The Hornellsville Tribune, in an editorial on the occasion of his death, says: "Here we take opportunity to pay the parting tribute to the memory of a personal friend, and to a citizen whose every heart throb beat for the prosperity of the people with whom he had cast his fortunes, and for whom he had always a fervent and sincere regard and an honest desire for their prosperity and success. The one overwhelming desire of his heart was the growth and progress of our beautiful city. Poor in all material wealth, he came to Hornells and has grown rich in the esteem, the love and heartfelt respect of his neighbors. With open hand and energy of spirit he has embarked in every enterprise that promised to aid in the rapid development of our city, and every enterprise that felt his vigor behind it went on to assured success."

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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