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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William Henry Paton

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 453 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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William Henry Paton has since 1921 occupied the responsible position of general superintendent of Stephen Sanford & Sons, Incorporated, of Amsterdam, who conduct the largest carpet manufacturing plant in the world. He began working for this concern when but twelve years of age and has won steady promotion as he has acquainted himself with each successive department of the business. He was born in Tariffville, Connecticut, on the 13th of December, 1865, his parents being John G. and Margaret Paton. It was in the year 1870 that the family home was established in Amsterdam, New York, where John G. Paton was identified with the firm of Stephen Sanford & Sons throughout the remainder of his life.

William H. Paton received his education in private and public schools of Amsterdam and when a lad of twelve years obtained employment at the Sanford mills, in which he spent the time not demanded by his studies. With the passing years he gained intimate knowledge of the carpet manufacturing business in every phase, and as he demonstrated his capability and trustworthiness was steadily promoted from one position to another of increased responsibility and importance until he was made general superintendent of the plant in 1921. His long experience has made his services of great value to the corporation which he represents.

In early manhood Mr. Paton was united in marriage to Miss Clara Simpson, daughter of Nicholas Simpson, of Amsterdam. Mr. and Mrs. Paton are the parents of one son, George Simpson Paton. Fraternally Mr. Paton is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, belonging to Lodge No. 101 in Amsterdam. He has lived in Amsterdam from early boyhood and enjoys an extensive and favorable acquaintance throughout the community.

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