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Thomas Norton Hart
1829 -
 
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Thomas Norton Hart was born in North Reading. Mass., near Lynnfield line, Jan. 20, 1829. He was the youngest son of Daniel Jr. and Margaret (Norton) Hart; married at Boston, Mass., by Rev. O. A. Skinner, Apr. 30, 1850, Elizabeth Snow, born in Bowdoin, Maine, daughter of John and Betsy (Ridley) Snow. Mr. Hart resides at 298 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass. Child born in Boston: to Thomas and Elizabeth (Snow) Hart Abbie Snow, b. Sept. 22, 1851, m. June 4, 1885, Carl Wilhelm Emst, b. Apr. 21, 1845 in Eddesse, Germany, son of Rev.Carl Emst and they resides in Boston. No children. E. W. Emst (a journalist and writer) furnished a clipping which I reduced (his words) somewhat. It now reads thus: " Mr. Thomas N. Hart comes of sturdy New England stock, his ancestors residing in Lynnfield, Mass., including the first ancestor, Isaac Hart, who settled there in 1656. His mother's father, Maj. John Norton of Royalston, fought in the Revolution of 1776. Mr. Hart attended the Bowdoin, Maine college, came to Boston in 1842 and was employed by Wheelock Pratt and Co. dry goods dealers, and two years later by Philip A. Lock Co., hat dealers; about 1860 he founded the hat store of Hart, Taylor and Co., and in 1880 became president of the Mount Vernon National Bank, of which he is still the head. Mr. Hart was chosen to the common council in Boston the years 1879-81, to the board of alderman in 1882-86 and as mayor of Boston 1889-90 and 1900-01, receiving the largest vote accorded any Republican mayor up to that time. In 1891, his qualities won the appreciation of the National government and he was appointed by President Harrison postmaster of Boston, which position he held until the Democratic administration. He was well-liked by all parties during his term; was courteous, genial and efficient in all the relations of life, with clear and quick perceptions, and is capable of any office in the United States."
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