Biography of Nathan Bristol
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NATHAN BRISTOL was born March 7, 1805, in Delaware county, N. Y., of New England parents. His grandfather, Bristol, came from England a tory, and a tory he remained, thereby sacrificing his property for his opinions. Nathan Bristol believed with zest in his right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In early youth he begun with serious faith to test his right to these principles through labor of his hands, and happily he proved that loyal gift to the community in which he lived, an honest man. Early in life too he was an. advocate of temperance. This meant a great deal, as good men stood by "scripture" on the other side. These principles grew and crystalized through all his life, and his addresses (written over forty years ago) show a scientific kuowledge of the subject instructive today. His memory was remarkable, and other men's records were his ready servants. He cast his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson, and remained always in the democratic ranks. Before he was thirty he twice represented his town on the board of supervisors, and served one term in the assembly. About 1840, he located at Factoryville, engaging in the lumber trade, and here he remained until near the close of his life. In the early fifties his senatorial district sent him to Albany as its representative, and, later, he was appointed one of three commissioners to audit bills of the state, which office he held for a number of years. After acquiring a modest competence he turned his thoughts to more advanced political and scientific subjects, and by study ever kept a vigorous interest in life and its possibilities. He was a ready writer, and often wrote for the press. His temperament was the poetic, and he felt deeply about all things pertaining to the welfare of humanity. He was never connected with any church or society, but was a regular attendant at religious services and an earnest listener; and he claimed in fullest measure his brotherhood with mankind and unfaltering belief in a preponderance of good in the human family. Thus quickly, happily, passed the years, and the richest inheritance for his children is this faith. He died in the home of Dr. Solomon VanEtten, of Port Jervis, March 1, 1874, and is buried on the banks of the same beautiful Delaware whose onward waves first sang his welcome to life.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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