Hall, Henry, America's successful men of affairs

([New York] :  New York Tribune,  1895-1896.)



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THE    CITY     OF    NEW    YORK.---DU.                                           211

natural boulder, not less than 4,000 pounds in weight, as in some sense indicating his
life, inscribed with his name, age, date and cause of death.

JOHN BOWDISH DUTCHER, railroad manager, was born Feb. 13, 1830, in Dover,
Dutchess county, N. Y. His father, David Dutcher, died June 9, 1853, and his
mother. Amy Bowdish Dutcher, died June 5, 1875. His paternal grandfather came
to this country from Holland, while his mother's family were Massachusetts people.
Mr. Dutcher obtained his education chiefly in the common schools, was reared as a
farmer and has always been a farmer. He remained on the farm until April, 1861,
when he removed to the adjoining town of Pawling, where- he has since resided. In
1857, he was made Supervisor of Dover and the ensuing year Justice of the Peace.
In politics, originally a Whig, upon the organization of the Republican party, he
attached himself to them, and is yet a stout advocate of their principles, having been,
during the war, an active and zealous partisan of the Union cause. He was a member of
the Assembly in 1861 and 1862, and of the State Senate in 1864 and 1865. Since 1864,
he has been a director of The New York & Harlem Railroad, and in 1865 took charge
of the department of live stock transportation on The New York Central & Hudson
River Railroad. He is president of The Union Stock Yard & Market Co. of New York
and prominently identifled with other corporations, being a director of The Spuyten
Duyvil Railroad, The Poughkeepsie & Eastern Railroad, The New York & Putnam
Railroad, The American Safe Deposit Co., The Fifth Avenue Bank, The Mizzen Top
Hotel Co., at Quaker Hill, and president of The National Bank of Pawling. He is also
a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Produce Exchange, the Union League
club, and the St. Nicholas Society of New York city, and president of the village of
Pawling and The New York State Agricultural Society. Not the least of Mr.
Dutcher's labors has been a successful effort for the improvement of the village of
Pawling. He has devoted a portion of his time to the management of his farm property,
and is now the owner of 1,600 acres of fine grazing land in Dutchess county, stocked
with thoroughbred cattle and horses. In i860, he married Miss Christina, daughter of
the late Daniel Dodge, of Pawling. To them was born one son, J. Gerow Dutcher,
who now manages the stock farms and other interests at Pawling. In April, 1894, he
married Helen Titus Willets, daughter of Edward Willets, of Roslyn, L. I.

AMOS T. DWIGHT, merchant, born in New Haven, Conn., died in New York
city, Feb. 6, 1881, in his seventy-fourth year. When a young man, he went to New
Orleans and established himself in the clothing business under the firm name of
Dwight, Trowbridge & Co. In 1848, he came to New York and started the firm
of Trowbridge, Dwight & Co. on Chambers street. About 1865, he became a mer¬
chant of cotton in Hopkins, Dwight & Trowbridge, and continued in that vocation
until 1878, when he retired with a large fortune, although retaining his interest in the
firm. He was a director of The Home Fire Insurance and The Commercial Mutual
Marine Insurance Co.'s, and a trustee of The Madison Square Presbyterian Church.
He left one son, Frederick A. Dwight, and a daughter, Jeannette Atwater, wife of
George T. Bliss.
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