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William S. Hamlin

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[This information is from pp. 95-96 of Biographical Review Volume XXXIII: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Greene, Schoharie and Schenectady Counties, New York (Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899). It is in the collection of the Grems-Doolittle Library of the Schenectady County Historical Society at 920 BIO.]

William S. Hamlin, Postmaster, and general merchant, Glenville, Schenectady County, N. Y., was born in this town, February 28, 1855, son of Anson B. and Abigail (Ostrom) Hamlin. The father was born in Connecticut, September 7, 1807, and the mother was born in Glenville, April 1, 1811.

Anson B. Hamlin followed the cooper's trade in his early days; and, coming to Glenville when still a young man, he kept a hotel here for some time. He subsequently carried on a farm for a number of years, and, returning here in 1867, he was engaged in mercantile business until selling out to his son in 1882. His last years were spent in retirement, and he died May 19, 1895. He was a man of good business ability and upright character, and he gained the good will of all with whom he had dealings. In politics he was a Republican. His wife, whose maiden name was Abigail Ostrom, became the mother of ten children, five of whom are living, namely: David H.; Jewett C.; Christopher; William S., the subject of this sketch; and Clarissa. The others were: Lyman G., Oliver, Heman, Rachel A., and Betsey. Mrs. Abigail O. Hamlin died in 1889.

William S. Hamlin after attending the common schools of Glenville completed his studies with a commercial course at a business college in Troy. Beginning when twelve years old to make himself useful as an assistant to his father, he later gave his whole time to the business in the capacity of a clerk, and continued as such until becoming its proprietor. He conducts the oldest-established general store in this part of the town, keeps a large and varied stock, including agricultural implements, feed, fertilizers, and so forth, and has a numerous patronage.

On November 23, 1882, Mr. Hamlin was united in marriage with Anna Bell, a native of West Charlton, Saratoga County, daughter of George Bell.

Politically, Mr. Hamlin is a Republican. He served with ability as Town Clerk one year, and is giving excellent satisfaction as Postmaster. He has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who appreciate his many sterling qualities, and he is a member of Touareuna Lodge, No. 35, I. O. O. F.

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