Niagara County

1897 Biography - James Compton

Compton, James, was born in the town of Royalton September 16, 1846. His father, James Compton, was a native of Newark, N.J, andwith his parents, Samuel and Mary Compton, moved to the town of Ovid, Seneca county, N. Y. He married Caroline, daughter of Abijah Bailey, and they moved to Niagara county in 1839, where he was identified as a farmer and died in 1881. He was one of the conservative men of his town, of sterling integrity, whose judgment was sought and respected by all who knew him. James Compton, the subject of this sketch, is one of the leading business men of Niagara county, serving as county clerk in 1893, 1894 and 1895, and being the only Republican on the county ticket elected that year. Mr. Carson. Republican candidate for overseer of the poor, who was first counted as defeated, was afterwards declared elected, and his election was contested by his opponent, but Mr. Carson held the office until the end of his term, notwithstanding such contest in the courts. He has done as much, or more, to build up his town than any other one of its citizens. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. D, 129th Regiment, which was afterwards made into the 8th Heavy Artillery, and was wounded at Cold Harbor, a shot passing through his right lung and left leg. The battle occurred June 3, 1864. After falling on the battle field, within about eighty feet of the enemy's breastworks he was shot at by a sharp-shooter, the ball striking the center of a Testament in his pocket, thereby saving his life. The book was found in his pocket by the ladies of the Christian Commission, at the Hospital at White House Landing. The circumstance became the subject of much newspaper comment. His recovery was owing largely to his indomitable will power and fine constitution. As soon as possible after his recovery, he began his active business career which he still continues. He married Miss Minnie L. Mather, daughter of James P, andSarah (Houghton) Mather, of Marlborough, Vermont. Mr, andMrs. Compton had four children, two deceased; Lester and Satie. Those living are Bruce H, andLizzie C. In politics he is a staunch Republican, and for years has been recognized as among the leaders of the party in the county and this portion of the State.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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