Biography of Nelson Harris
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Harris, Nelson, who for more than forty years has been known and identified with some of the best business interests of Groton, was born in the town of Locke, September 24, 1825, one of ten children born to Howard and Melinda Harris. His father being a farmer, Nelson was brought up to that occupation. In 1852, with his brother, Leonard, Nelson came to Groton to work a tract of land, but after a year he purchased twenty acres and began for himself. Later on by the death of an uncle, Mr. Harris became the owner of a good farm located east of the village. After successfully working this property several years, it was rented and finally sold, after which Mr. Harris purchased eighteen acres of the village tract. About 1871, then being a village resident, Mr. Harris started a coal and lumber yard, which he carried on about eighteen years, then sold out and two years later engaged in the hardware business. This he also sold after about two years and retired from active business life, having, however, capital invested in the leading manufacturing enterprises of Groton, also in the First National Bank, of which institution he has been a director about twenty five years. In 1852 he married Maria Harris, who died leaving no children. His second wife was Adeline Bothwell, by whom he has two children. Our subject has been a Whig and a Republican, and has been village trustee and is now one of the assessors of the town.

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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