Niagara County

1897 Biography - Francis C. Belden

Belden, Francis C., was born at Cleveland, Ohio, April 20, 1849, a son of Selah and Martha Putnam Belden. He was educated in the public schools of Illinois and under private tutors. At sixteen years of age he took up telegraphy at Chenoa, Ill. Since that time he has served with several leading railroads, rising from telegraph operator to the position of chief operator and train dispatcher, which position he occupied from 1869 to 1875 with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company at Syracuse, N. Y., and from 1875 to 1887 at Niagara Falls, with the same company, and was for years manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company and Bell Telephone Company at Niagara Falls. In 1887 Mr. Belden engaged in the real estate business, which he has followed ever since with great success; he was from 1888 to 1896 a member of the firm of Belden & King, real estate and ticket brokers of Niagara Falls, but is now operating alone. He is a member of Niagara Frontier Lodge No. 132, F. & A. M., of Niagara Chapter No. 200, R. A. M., and Niagara Commandery No. 64, K. T.; also of the A. O. U. W., and is also a Noble of the Mystic Shrine of Ismailia Temple at Buffalo. Mr. Belden has been quite prominent in business and political circles, having served as alderman of the Second ward and member and secretary of the Niagara County Republican General Committee. In December, 1869, Mr. Belden married J. Maude Wright of Duanesburg, N. Y., and they have one child, a son.

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