GURDON HEWITT, son of Gurdon Hewitt the early merchant of Owego, and who is mentioned at length among the business
men of the village, was born in Owego, March 29, 1826. His early education was acquired at Oxford academy, after
which at the age of seventeen, he attended Cambridge law school, remaining until the death of Prof. Story, when
he decided to finish his course at New Haven. However, he soon returned to Owego and studied law with John M. Parker.
In the spring of 1849 Gurdon Hewitt, Sr, retired from mercantile business, and the son succeeded to his interest
in the firm of Hewitt & Greenleaf, but in September following the store and goods were burned in the great
fire of that year. In the spring of 1850 he became a lumberman, but two years later went west with Lyman Truman
and located a large tract of land in illinois for purposes of investment and sale. From that time Mr. Hewitt has
devoted his attention to his invested interests, in addition having charge of large estates in a trust capacity.
In politics he is a firm democrat, yet never having sought political preferment. In 1881 Gurdon Hewitt was married
with Augusta Brown.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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