Edward Lathrop Dimock

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Edward Lathrop Dimock

Also Known As: "Edward Lathrop Holbrook Dimock"
Birthplace: Genesee County, NY, United States
Death: July 03, 1899 (81)
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
Place of Burial: Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Horatio Dimock and Maria Theresa Dimock
Husband of Emma Dexter Dimock
Father of Mary Emma Richardson
Brother of Frances Dimock and Amorette Theresa Dimock

Occupation: Insurance agent, Gass Lessee (?), merchant, banker
Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About Edward Lathrop Dimock

Curator's note: Multiple sources report the death of four children in infancy. As of 05/13/2021 no verifiable records found. There are some possible infant graves in Oak Hill Cemetery that could be these children. Additional information is requested. Please contact the curator. -- Jessica M. German, Volunteer Geni Curator

EDWARD LOTHROP DIMOCK, one of the oldest citizens of Janesville, Wisconsin, was born in Genesee county. New York, October 13, 1819, and is the son of Horatio Dimock and Teresa Maria ne'e Hinkley, both natives of Tolland county, Connecticut. Horatio Dimock, who was an honest man and devoted Christian, died in March, 1844, in the fiftieth year of his age, in the town of Elba, New York, to which State he had immigrated in 1816. The mother of our subject, who is still living, resides with her daughter, Mrs. Dr. J. B. Whiting, of Janesville, and is a most lovely and exemplary Christian woman. The grandfather of our subject. Captain Edward Dimock, of Connecticut, was a soldier in the revolutionary war, and subsequently held several positions of trust and honor from his fellow-citizens, among them that of high sheriff of his native county. The family is of Scotch descent, some five or six generations since.

Edward lived on a farm till the age of thirteen, attending the district school regularly during the winter months, and became an expert mathematician and fair English scholar. In his fourteenth year he moved to Rochester, New York, and clerked for ten years in a dry-goods store in that city. Thence he removed to Buffalo, New York, where he was engaged one year in a like capacity, and, having saved a little money, he resolved to try his fortune in the West. Accordingly, in June, 1845, he removed to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he engaged in mercantile business, which he carried on successfully for six years, when he turned his attention to banking, and was elected cashier and afterward president of the Badger State Bank, a position which he held until September, 1857, when the institution shared the fate of so many others in the memorable monetary revulsion of that year. In this disaster Mr. Dimock lost all his previous accumulations.

In 1858 he turned his attention to the business of insurance, and became local, special and State agent for various companies, and is still (1877) conduct- ing the business with success. In the spring of 1854 he was elected alderman of the second ward of the city of Janesville, and in the spring of 1855 was elected mayor, serving one term, and subsequently held other city offices. He was for five years a director in the Milwaukee and Missouri (now the Milwaukee and St. Paul) Railroad Company. He was also a stockholder, and for four years, ending with 1 86 1, lessee of the Janesville Gas Works, in connection with the late Timothy Jackman. He was a charter member and first secretary, of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Milwaukee, now one of the largest and most successful companies of the West. He was for many years an Odd-Fellow in connection with Wisconsin Lodge, No. 14, Janesville, and for thirty years past has been a member of Western Star Lodge, F. and A. M.; also a Worthy Chief Templar of the Temple of Honor, and chief officer of that organization.

In religious opinion he is Protestant, and prefers the Episcopal church, and is a vestryman of Trinity Parish, Janesville, but is not in communion. In politics he has always been a republican, but is not a strong partisan.

In stature Mr. Dimock is slightly below the average height, with compact and well developed frame, capable of great endurance. His mental characteristics are well marked, having a clear perception and an analytic mind ; his mental processes are so rapid that his conclusions often seem intuitive, rather than the natural result of ratiocination. He is a public-spirited man, and being one of the early settlers of Janesville, has taken a deep interest and contributed in no small degree to its growth and development. At the twenty-fifth anniversary of his marriage, which was celebrated some five months ago, a friend who made the formal presentation of the gifts bestowed said: "In the upbuilding of this beautiful little city of the prairie, it is not too much to say that you have done your full share; and when its history is written your name will occupy an honorable and conspicuous place upon its pages." He is a man of clear convictions and positive opinions, and when his views are called for they are given in a manner so definite and emphatic as to leave room for no doubtful construction. He was one of the organizers of the Temple of Honor in Janesville, having for its object the reclaiming of inebriates, and is at the present time its principal officer. He is an earnest worker in this most worthy cause, and many an. unfortunate who was being hurried to ruin has been restored to self-respect and good citizenship by his efforts and kindly sympathies.

Mr. Dimock was married on the 30th of October, 1851, to Miss Emma C. Hanks, daughter of Colonel L. B. Hanks, for many years a prominent business man (still living, but retired,) of Hartford, Connecticut, and sister of L. S. Hanks, cashier of the State Bank at Madison. She is a lady of much beauty of mind and person, cultivated and refined, and the center of a large circle of the best society in Janesville, but, withal, modest and unassuming. She is an exemplary member of the Protestant Episcopal church, and is in sympathy with all that is charitable, lovely and of good report. They have had five children, four of whom died in infancy, leaving an only daughter surviving, Mary Emma, a young lady of much promise, who was educated at St. Mary's Episcopal College, Faribault, Minnesota, under the charge of Bishop Whipple. Handsome, graceful and accomplished, she is destined to a career of usefulness and honor. She also is a member of Trinity Episcopal church.

Bibliographic information:

  • The United States biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men; Wisconsin volume
  • by American Biographical Publishing Company
  • Digitizing sponsor MSN
  • Contributor Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
  • Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
  • Pages 1108
  • Page 468
  • https://archive.org/details/unitedstatesbiogwi00amer/page/468/mode/...


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Edward Lathrop Dimock's Timeline

October 13, 1817
Genesee County, NY, United States
July 27, 1859
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
July 7, 1889
Age 71
Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States
July 3, 1899
Age 81
Janesville, Rock County, WI, United States