Biography of Harlan P. Johnson
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Johnson, Harlan P., was born in Ithaca, in October, 1838, son of Benjamin L. Johnson, a native of Delaware county, who was for a number of years engaged in the transportation business on the Erie canal, running a line of passenger and freight boats between Ithaca and Buffalo, N. Y., which he followed until the building of the first railroad through New York State, when he engaged in mercantile business in Ithaca, which he followed until 1870, when he retired from business. He was always active in church and temperance work, and died July 6, 1883. The mother of our subject, Lucinda Newcomb, was a native of Vermont, of English descent, whose ancestors came to this country about the middle of the 17th century. She died in April, 1891. The grandfather of Mrs. Johnson, Daniel Newcomb, w as a lieutenant in the army of the Revolution. Our subject is the oldest son of a family of three sons and two daughters. He was educated in the Ithaca Academy, and on leaving school was three years in his father's store. In 1860 he went to New York where he engaged in business, first as a clerk and rapidly rose to partnership, living there fourteen years. Returning to Ithaca in 1874, he has been engaged in various enterprises, now a dealer in real estate and investment securities, and representative of some of the old line insurance companies.

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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