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 Hamilton Salisbury White

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Hamilton Salisbury White

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 13 Mar 1899 (aged 45)
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Burial Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Plot Sect 12 lot 1
Memorial ID 73130460 View Source
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An 1877 graduate of Cornell University, he was so interested in fire fighting that he bought a chemical engine from the city and hired twelve men to act as his firefighting company in his father's stable, paying them himself. He installed the first fire boxes in the city and had 12 miles of wire strung in Syracuse. Finding that the engine house was too expensive, he gave it to the city and asked that they give him a position as fireman without salary. Instead they made him third assistant chief but he would not accept a salary. He died fighting the fire at the Mowry Hotel on March 13, 1898. The citizens of Syracuse erected a monument to his memory at Fayette park at a cost of over $12,000, being the first ever erected by the public in honor of an individual in Syracuse.

He had extensive property in the city, was president of the Syracuse Gas Company and director of the Commerical Bank, and the Onondaga County Savings Bank.

He married Adelaide Whitebread, daughter of Thomas and Jane Whitebread on November 18, 1880. Their children were Margery Rich (Wilfred L.) Wright and Hamilton Howard (1885-1959)


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