Charles H. Rising
Charles H. Rising

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

CHARLES H. RISNG. Asahel Rising, his grandfather, and his wife emigrated from England and settled in Southwick, Mass. His father, Roderick R. Rising, was born there in 1793. In 1810 his family moved to Willsborough, Essex Co., N. Y., where he built a "clothing-works," doing business as Asahel Rising & Son. His father joined the militia and served during the war of 1812. Was in the fight at Plattsburgh, causing a lameness which lasted through life. When an appropriation was made by Congress for the survivors of that war he received a pension, which was paid during his life; also a land grant.

He removed to Westport, in the same county, in 1820, where he established a "clothing-works." Was married in 1822 to Lydia A. Fitch of Le Roy, N. Y. They lived in Westport until 1833, when they removed to Middlebury, Vt., where he, with his only brother, Asahel R. Rising, leased and ran the first woolen-factory built there. In 1837 he returned to Westport and his former business, and continued it there for about eighteen years; then retired from it, and removed to Rutland, Vt.; thence to Lansingburgh and Troy, N. Y., residing in the latter place at the lime of his death, which occurred in 1874, in the seventy-fourth year of his age. His mother died in 1874, aged seventy-three years.

Charles H. Rising, the subject of this sketch, was born in Westport, Oct. 19, 1825. He was the eldest of seven children, five of whom are now living. Went with the family to Middlebury in 1833; remained there and attended scoolat the academy until 1838; returned home to Westport and attended the academy up to 1840, when he left home to enter a store at Ausable Forks, N. Y., and was there and at Clintonville, N. Y. three and one-half years. Thence he came to Troy, N. Y., where he obtained a situation in the dry good store of Jared Brewster, at No. 3 Cannon Place. Subsequently he was with Augustus C. Taylor two years, in the dry-goods trade, and in 1848 commenced in his present location, No. 1 Cannon Place with E. B. Strout & Co., in the wholesale and retail trade in silks and millinery goods. The following year he was admitted as a partner. Mr. Strout retired three years later, and the firm became Stevens & Rising; subsequently, Rising & Munn. The latter retired, in January, 1863. From that to the present time the has been conducted solely by Charles H. Rising, saving the year 1877, when his son, C. Gould Rising, was admitted as a partner, and remained one year. His health failed, and he retired. The business has been of steady growth, and always successful.

Commencing with a store seventeen by forty feet on the first floor, it now extends over three floors, averaging forty by one hundred feet each, making an area of over ten thousand feet of flooring. Divided into ten departments, it is arranged to meet the utmost possible dispatch in selling from stock or filling orders. It is the only wholesale millinery house in the city, and one of the largest establishments of the kind in the State outside New York City.

His trade extends through New York, Vermont, and some of the Western States, and gives employment to twenty-five persons in the sales, and fifteen in the manufacturing department.

His grandparents, as well as his mother's family were Church of England people; his mother was a Methodist. Mr Rising has always attended the Episcopal Church, and his family are communicants. He is Democrat, but not as loyal as was his father, "who never split his ticket for friend or relative." Mr. Rising never sought political preferment, but was elected supervisor from the Second Ward in 1871. He has been also, for over twenty years, and is now, a director in the Central, now the Central National bank of Troy.

Charles H. Rising was married, in 1853, to Lizzie R. Gould, daughter of Col. Samuel P. Gould, of Rochester, N. Y. She died in 1859, leaving one son, C. Gould Rising. He was again married, in 1867, to Emma, daughter of Anthony Seller, of Troy, and only sister of Mrs. Dr. M. H. Burton. They have one son, now (1879) eight years old.

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