Hiram Slocum

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Hiram Slocum

Hon. Hiram Slocum
Born May, 1802
Schaghticoke, Rensellaer Cty, NY
Died April 2, 1873
Englewood, NJ or Orangeburg, NY
Nationality American
Education Law
Occupation Judge, Mayor of Troy, NY
Employer City of Troy, NY
Known for Buying land in Englewood
Religious beliefs Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Van Vechten (M. 1827, D. Dec 1878 [1])
Children Isaac (1828-1828); Olivia (b.1832); William B. (1830-1840); Olivia (1832-1863); John (1834-1840); Elizabeth (1836-1844); Maria (1838-1845); Hiram (1845-1847); and Florence (1848-?) [1]

The Hon. Hiram Slocum, ex-Judge, and ex-Mayor of the city of Troy, NY, came to Englewood in 1859 and was one of the early purchasers of land in Englewood. [2] He was born one of nine children, in Schaghticoke, in Rensellaer County, NY to a farmer (William Brown Slocum) and Olivia Standish Josselyn, and raised to that profession. In 1828 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and in 1836 he came to Troy, where he engaged in the wholesale produce and commission business. As a Troy merchant, he became widely known throughout the Western States, and acquired a reputation for integrity, honorable dealing, and for sagacity and bold strokes in his business ventures. In 1842-43, he entered into a partnership with a General Aaron Riley, to sell beef and pork to the military, and together they became one of the largest such suppliers in the nation [3]. He retired from business in this city in 1859, and soon after made his residence in Englewood to be near New York. Mr. Slocum was a most useful citizen, always alive to local interests of every nature. The proposition to found the Troy University warmly enlisted his sympathies. He presided at the first public meeting called to advance the project, subscribed liberally in its aid, and gave much personal attention to interesting others in its behalf.He was elected a trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1849-1865). Though taking a warm interest in political affairs, he never desired public office, but was elected Alderman and served two years representing the Seventh Ward from 1839-1840. In the spring of 1856 (March 4) he was elected Mayor of Troy, and served one term 1856-1857 devoting much time and careful attention to the duties of the Office, and carried out many needed reforms in the city government. He was also deeply interested in the Young Men's Association, of which he became an early life member. He was the steadfast and liberal friend of all the benevolent institutions of the City. He was a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church from 1838 to 1860.

In the 1870 US Census he is seen listed as a "farmer" living (at age 68) with his wife (age 64) and 21 year old daughter, Florence, and two German servants in Orangeburg, Blauveltville, NY.

He and his wife Elizabeth Van Vechten were the parents of nine children, at least seven of them died very young. [1]. He was an uncle of Margaret Olivia Sage (Mrs. Russell Sage). Hiram Slocum died on April 2, 1873, in either Orangeburg, NY or perhaps in Englewood, where he owned a home. [4]

Slocum Ave is named for him, presumably by J. Wyman Jones, his friend and land subdivider.