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William H. Van Tassel

William H. Van Tassel, of Hudson, is a native of the town of Canaan, N. Y., where he was born September 12, 1840, a son of Philip (born in Hillsdale), and Catherine (Messenger) Van Tassel, and grandson of Frederick, an early settler. Philip was a farmer through life.

William H. Van Tassel, after being educated in the public schools and old Hudson Academy, engaged in hotel keeping in Greenport and Claverack until 1867, when he came to Hudson and purchased the St. Charles Hotel. This house he sold after running it two years, and immediately bought the Central House, which he kept four years and disposed of it in 1873 to enter upon the duties of sheriff of Columbia county, on January 1, 1874, to which office he had been elected. After serving one term as sheriff, in 1877 he entered the employ of the New York Central Sleeping Car Co., as conductor, in which position he was engaged six years, when he resigned, and in 1883 returned to Hudson and embarked in the drug trade, in which he has since been engaged.

It is hardly necessary in this place to call attention to Mr. Van Tassel as a citizen of Hudson. He is too well known to require even a commonplace statement of his position among the people of the city, while adulation or even complimentary notice would be as distasteful to him as unnecessary. There is no business man in the city who has a broader circle of acquaintances, and one who stands higher in the estimation of the community where he is so well known. Thoroughly awake to the local and general public issues, he is always found among the active promoters of all worthy movements. In 1859 Mr. Van Tassel was united in marriage with Mary J. Robinson, who died in 1865. He was married, second, to Elizabeth, daughter of Salmon B. Thomas.

Columbia County at the End of the Century, Volume II, Published and Edited Under the Auspices of the Hudson Gazette, The Record Printing and Publishing Co., Hudson NY, 1900, pgs 247 & 248.


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