Submitted by Nancy Hauser
|BENJAMIN HALL, of Utica, for two
terms a leading member in time State Assembly from the First District of
Oneida County, is the son of Jason C. and Permelia Hall, who died in 1858
and 1886 respectively. He is of English descent. His father's familv consisted
of two daughters and seven sons, Benjamin being the oldest boy. The youngest
son was less than one year old at the time of his father's death. Five
of the sons are still living, namely, Benjamin, John P., George A., Charles
C., and D. Jason.
Mr. Hall was born in Ingham's Mills, Fulton County, N.Y., March 9, 1846, and remained on his father's farm until 1870. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. In June, 1874, he removed to Utica, where he has since resided and where he established in the same year his present hide, wool, and fur business, which since 1880 has been located on the corner of Bleecker and John Streets. Here he has successfully built up a large and profitable trade, and is one of the oldest dealers in this line in the city. He is one of Utica's enterprising business men, and is well and favorably known throughout the State. By honest dealing, strict attention to details, and continued industry he has steadily increased the business of his establishment until now it is one of the heading houses of the kind in Central New York. As a business man, and socially, he is held in high esteem, and enjoys the confidence of all. In public and political affairs Mr. Hall has
been especially prominent. He has been for many years an active Republican and in the councils of his party is a recognized leader.
In 1885 he was elected to the New York State Assembly from the First District of Oneida County on the Republican ticket by a plurality of 254 over his Democratic opponent, and was re-elected in 1886 by a largely increased majority.
In the Legislature he was devoted to the interests of his
constituents and the State at large, and was classed with the
Source: 'The Empire State in Three Centuries'
Volume 3 Century History Company