Biography of William L. Hall
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Hall, William L., was born in New York, October 16, 1844, was educated in the public schools, and finished his education in a boarding school, In that city he learned photography, and made several trips into the country, working at his favorite profession for others, also in the city. Finally he came to Trumansburgh, and some time afterwards bought a half interest in J. E. Lewis's gallery. He has passed through many changes and vicissitudes, but has always been successful in his undertakings. In the summer of 1893 he invented a new enamel process for printing photographs, which is unsurpassed and will be found of much benefit to the trade. He has secured letters patent on this valuable invention, which will be a source of much revenue to him. He keeps one of the largest stocks of frames, manufactured by himself, in the place. He is also a very fine ornamental carver, and competes with the largest cities successfully. In 1868 he married Mary F. Allen of Trumansburgh, and they had two children: Henry St. Clair, and Elizabeth C. Mr. Hall's father was born in Woodstock, Ulster county, and at the age of seventeen became a school teacher. Later he entered a dry goods house in New York as clerk and afterwards as partner, becoming finally its sole pro. prietor. He married Cornelia Turner of that city, and these children were born to him; Elizabeth, Cornelia, William S. and Ogden H. He died aged forty eight years, and his wife survives him, residing in Brooklyn. Our subject is treasurer of the Fire Department, is active in Republican affairs, and holds various offices in the several societies of the place.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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