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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Samuel Arthur Beardsley Jr.

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 324 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Samuel A. Beardsley, Jr., a representative young citizen and worthy native son of Utica, has since 1910 been successfully engaged in business as secretary of the Smyth-Despard Company, Incorporated, wholesale dealers in mill and plumbing supplies and manufacturers of leather belting. He was born in this city, on the 8th of December, 1886, a son of Samuel Arthur and Elizabeth Ann (Hopper) Beardsley. More extended mention of his father, a prominent lawyer and politician, is made on another page of this publication.

In the acquirement of an education Samuel A. Beardsley, Jr., attended private schools in Utica and the Pomfret School of Pomfret, Connecticut. His initial experience in the business world was gained in the service of the Utica Motor Car Company, while subsequently he became identified with the Utica Heater Company, thoroughly acquainting himself with the operations of the latter concern in all departments. It was in 1910 that he became officially connected with the Smyth-Despard Company in the capacity of secretary, in which position he has remained to the present time, his well-directed efforts and keen sagacity constituting strong elements in the continued growth and success of the enterprise. He is likewise a director of the Consolidated Water Company, the Oneida County Trust Company and the Utica Warehouse Company and is widely recognized as one of the progressive and prosperous young business men of his native city.

On the 20th of May, 1909, Mr. Beardsley was married to Miss Emily Gayle Lowery, daughter of James L. and Emily (Gayle) Lowery and representative of an old Utica family. Mr. and Mrs. Beardsley have become parents of three children, namely: Harriet Isabel; Emily Lowery, and Samuel Beardsley, whose natal day was May 7, 1920. Mr. Beardsley is a member of the Fort Schuyler Club, the Rome Club of Rome, the Tennis Club of Utica, the Sadaquada Golf Club, the Yahnundasis Golf Club and the Mohawk Golf Club of Schenectady, while fraternally he is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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