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John Brown Judson

Birthplace: Gloversville, Fulton County, New York, United States
Death: October 01, 1926 (65)
Gloversville, Fulton County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Brown Judson and Phoebe Emily Judson
Husband of Isabelle (Belle) Judson
Father of Margaret Stewart Curtis and John Brown Judson
Brother of Edward W. Judson; Horace Sprague Judson; Daniel B Judson, Jr and Mary Louise Zimmer

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About John Brown Judson

John Brown Judson is a member of one of the old New York families, a family representative of the best type which came from the "Mother Country" and established English blood and English institutions as the foundation of the social structure in the United States. Dominant and persistent in character, it has given its prevailing traits to the population of this country, which no subsequent inroads of foreign races have sufficed to submerge, and has formed a base for our citizenship upon which the whole vast and composite fabric of this growing people is being erected in safety. It was sometime prior to the last decade of the eighteenth century that Deacon Daniel Judson, the progenitor of the Judsons in Fulton county, New York, settled in what was then the little village of Kingsboro, New York, which has since grown to be the flourishing city of Gloversville. With

this progress the descendants of Deacon Judson have been most intimately identified, especially with the upbuilding of the great glove industry which has given the place its name and put it among the industrial centers of the country. Deacon Judson's descendants are very numerous in the region of the city and all the lines of descent have carried on the worthy traditions bequeathed them by their founder. It is from the second son, Elisha, that the branch of the family with which we are concerned is derived, the members thereof having continued to make their home in Kingsboro or Gloversville down to the present day. This Elisha Judson was born in 1765, and followed the occupation of farming all his life with the exception of the Revolutionary period during which he distinguished himself as a soldier in the Continental army. His wife, who was Lucy Case before her marriage, was born in 1766, and they were the parents of six children: Sylvester, Sylvanus, Gurdon, Elisha, Lucy and Alanson. The son Elisha was the grandfather of the Mr. Judson of this sketch. Like his father he was a farmer, but he was also engaged in the making of gloves, being the first member of the family to enter this business. He may, therefore, properly be called one of the founders of the immense business which in the next generation grew to such large proportions. He and his wife, who was Rachel B. Brown before her marriage, were the parents of three children: Daniel Brown, John Wesley and Elisha, of whom the eldest was our Mr. Judson's father.

Daniel Brown Judson was a man of unusual ability and marked talents for the practical affairs of life. A great organizer and manager, he also possessed a wonderfully receptive mind and it has been said of him by Professor Sprague in his "Gloversville History" that "he had less to learn and less to unlearn than commonly befalls when he came to grapple with the duties of active life." His abilities quickly made themselves felt even as a school boy nor did they cease to be apparent until the time of his death. After the completion of his schooling he taught for a time, but finally turned his attention to the manufacture of gloves in which his father had gained a considerable success. It was his purpose, however, to conduct it upon a much larger scale than anything his father had ever contemplated, and this purpose he rapidly carried out in spite of obstacles by no means slight. His great plant included besides the large mills where the gloves themselves were cut and sewed two leather mills where the leather used in.their product was dressed. During the seventies, when the industry had reached to its greatest importance, it was the largest in the world at that time and Mr. Judson, Sr., became one of the most prominent figures, not only in the glove trade, but in the commercial and industrial world generally. He was one of the most prominent figures in his own town and county and held many important positions there. He was among other things vice-president of the Fulton County National Bank for many years, and was conspicuous in the affairs of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches. One of the connections in which he was best known was that of his activities as a member of the Democratic party in New York State. A man of ready intellect, whose thoughts had been turned since childhood to political issues, he was also possessed of that essential to popular leadership, a strong and attractive personality. He was a fluent and forceful speaker, as well, and these qualities could not fail to gain a great prestige with his fellow Democrats in Fulton county. He was his party's candidate for a number of important offices, among

others for Congress in the year when the ticket was headed by Horace Greeley. He married, March 10, 1852, Phoebe E. Brown, of Gloversville, a daughter of Thomas and Eunice (Mosher) Brown. Their children, who were six in number, were as follows: 1. Edward Wall, born January 30, 1853, at Gloversville; has had a very successful career as a member of the firm of Baker & Judson, contractors for heavy construction work; married Blanche Cutter, of Cincinnati, Ohio. 2. Daniel Brown, Jr., born February 13, 1855, died February 14, 1857. 3. Mary Louise, born December 3, 1857; married Alvah J. Zimmer, to whom she bore four children: Judson, Ruth, Janet and Horace. 4. John Brown, of whom further. 5. Horace Sprague, born June 10, 1863; married (first) Jessie Belden, (second) Mabel Marstellar. 6. Daniel Bingham, born June 2, 1866, died February 21, 1903; married Nettie Morrison.

John Brown Judson, the fourth child of Daniel Brown and Phoebe E. (Brown) Judson, was born August 20, 1861, at Gloversville, New York. He has inherited the talents and abilities of his father and now occupies much the same place as did the elder man in former times in the regard of the community. His education, which has been a very complete one, was begun in the public schools of his native town. A course in the Kingsboro Academy followed and his studies were completed at Williston Seminary, Williston, Massachusetts. Like his father, he showed great aptness as a student and drew upon himself the favorable regard of his masters and instructors. Upon leaving the Williston Seminary, he returned to his native city, which has continued to be his home ever since. He was scarcely more than a boy at the time, but remarkably enterprising and alert, and not only succeeded in mastering the craft of printing but by the time he was sixteen years of age had established a job printing office of his own at Gloversville. It is not often the case that the business experiments of such extreme youth are permanently successful, yet this was so in Mr. Judson's case, and the little printing trade established by him then has met with unbroken success down to the present time, having developed in the meantime to great proportions. His success has been largely due to the fact that he early mastered every detail of his craft and was able to turn out work far superior to that of his competitors, work that bore the stamp of his original personality in a corresponding originality and an attractiveness of design of its own. These qualities have not diminished but increased with the passing of the years and the gaining of experience and Mr. Judson's business is now on a more secure basis than ever. His specialty is business stationery, it being his intention from the start to make his product fit the needs of the great manufacturing concerns, especially the glove companies of the city. In this he has succeeded remarkably well and has now a large market for his goods among glove makers, not merely in his own locality, but throughout the United States and Canada. Another matter to which Mr. Judson has directed his attention, increasingly so of late years, is the field of real estate in his native city. He has realized with his usual foresight and sagacity that the value of property in a growing community like Gloversville is bound to rise as a general proposition and that it only required judgment in selecting them to make such properties the best of imaginable investments. He has never lost sight of the general interests of the community, however, in any of the transactions he has entered into and has rather consulted its welfare in everything

and has certainly served to great purpose by the development of several important tracts and the improvement of several localities in the city. One of these tracts has been named after its public-spirited developer and is called "Judson Heights."

But it is not by any means only in operations such as these, or in the conduct of his important business, that Mr. Judson is best known in Gloversville and Fulton county. He is a strong subscriber, as was his father before him, to the principles which are represented in this country by the Democratic party. To the early trend of his opinions, gained naturally enough under the influence of his father's strong mind and personality, Mr. Judson has added the still more profound kind of conviction that arises from individual thought and earnest study. He began in early manhood to associate himself with the local organization of his party, and from, the year 1888 has been considered an important factor in county, and later, in State politics. In that year he was sent as a delegate to the State Democratic Convention and was again honored in the same manner in 1892. In 1890 he was chosen secretary of the Fulton County Democratic Committee and served in that capacity until 1894, when he was chosen its chairman. In the preceding year he had become a member of the New York State Democratic Committee and in the years 1894 and 1896 was elected secretary of that body, an office which he held for seven years. In 1895 he was nominated by the Democratic Convention at Syracuse for State Comptroller by a vote of three hundred and twelve to ninety-eight. Again in 1900 he was the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer on the same ticket as that upon which John B. Stanchfield ran for Governor. During these years the Democratic party was not the popular one in the State and Mr. Judson suffered defeat with his colleagues, but a great change in public sentiment was about to be made and in 1913, when Woodrow Wilson was triumphantly elected President on the Democratic ticket, he rewarded Mr. Judson for his long and faithful service to the party by appointing him postmaster of Gloversville. Mr. Judson's administration of that department has been a most efficient one and he has brought up to and maintained at the highest standard its local service. Mr. Judson is a prominent figure in the social life of the community, and a valuable member of the Eccentric Club of Gloversville, and served as its president in 1913 and 1914.

Mr. Judson was united in marriage at Gloversville on September 19, 1882, to Isabelle Stewart, a daughter of John and Catherine (Wells) Stewart, old and highly honored residents of the city. The Stewarts are of Scotch descent, Mrs. Judson's grandparents being James and Margaret (McFarland) Stewart, both natives of Scotland. Her father was Judge John Stewart, of Johnstown, one of the best known men on the county bench, where he presided for more than twenty years. Mr. and Mrs. Judson are the parents of two children as follows: Margaret, born August 2, 1883, married, June 20, 1907, Boyd G. Curts, of Brooklyn, trust officer of the Empire Trust Company of New York, to whom she has borne one child, Isabelle Catherine; John Brown, Jr., born May 10, 1893.

John Brown Judson is a fine type of citizen and the part that he plays in the community is a very vital one. He combines in very happy proportion the qualities of the practical business man with those of the public-spirited altruist, whose thoughts are with the good of the community, and in addition is noted throughout Central New York as one of the best

after-dinner orators, his services being in great demand. It is by his own efforts that he has developed the successful business of which he is the owner and become one of the city's prominent merchants, and through all his worthy career he has never conducted his business so that it was anything but a benefit to any of his associates or to the city at large. He is frank and outspoken, a man whose integrity has never been called in question, who can be and is trusted to keep the spirit as well as the letter of every contract and engagement that he enters into. He is possessed of the true democratic instincts, easy of access to all men and as ready to lend his ear to the most humble as to the proudest and most influential. It is scarcely necessary to add that these qualities give him a host of friends and admirers from every class of society so that he may be fairly regarded as one of the most popular men of the county.

Encyclopedia of Biography of New York, 1916 Vol. 4 Date: 1916-00-00 Place: New York, USA

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John Brown Judson's Timeline

August 20, 1861
Gloversville, Fulton County, New York, United States
Age 21
Age 31
October 1, 1926
Age 65
Gloversville, Fulton County, New York, United States