Biography of Horace G. Pierson
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Pierson, Horace G., was born in Canoga. Seneca county, N. Y. September 24, 1858. Jesse B. Pierson, his father, was in early life interested with his father in wagon and carriage manufacturing, and was afterward interested in the Cayuga Lake Bending Works, of which be was superintendent. He has now retired from active business. Simeon, the grandfather of Horace, was a native of Morristown, N. J. The family originally were of English stock. In the middle of the seventeenth century a certain Abraham Pierson, a preacher of the gospel, joined a party of Hollanders then about to embark for America. In 1650 the little band landed in New Jersey and called their new home Newark, in remembrance of the old home of their pastor, Rev. Pierson. Thomas Pierson, son of Abraham, was born October 10, 1667, and received his early education from his father, afterwards going to Europe to complete his studies. When he returned to America he became the first president of Yale College. His statue may now be seen on the college campus. It is through his son Timothy that the subject of this sketch is descended. The ancestors of this family are fitly represented in the present day by Horace G. Pierson. When a man of such exemplary habits, business ability, and a mind for the good things of this life is found in these days, it is pleasant to trace those points of character most to he admired in the training and natural tendencies of the early man, to the line, who have long passed away, but who have left behind them that which is more lasting than earthly wealth. The maternal ancestors of Horace G., by name Mandeville, have long been residents of Seneca county, and the mother is still living. Horace is the oldest of a family of three sons. He was educated in the Union Springs High School, and afterwards attended the William Business College at Rochester, from which he graduated in 1877. He was for a short time with his father, and then went as clerk in the drug store of E. M. Hart, at Union Springs, remaining there for two years, he then went with Heermans & Co., at Corning, and was in their employ over five years. In November, 1883, he was married to Julia Alexander, niece of Mrs. Alonzo Gorton of Corning. In January, 1886, he came to Hornellsville and bought the Truesdell drug store on Main street, where he has since been engaged. He has made many improvements in the store; with a discarding of all the old stock and thoroughly filling the store with late pharmaceutical products, Pierson's Pharmacy is today the headquarters of everything generally carried in a first class drug store. December 1, 1893, he bought the drug store at 144 Canisteo Street, which he has fitted up, and made the pride of the people of the south side. Mr. Pierson has been one of the benefactors of Hornellsville by investing in building and improvements in the residence portion of the city. His social interests are with the First Presbyterian church.

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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