Jesse B. Anthony

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

JESSE B. ANTHONY. His ancestors were of English birth, and upon coming to this country settled in Rhode Island, from which State his grandfather, Jesse Anthony, removed with his family to Easton, Washington Co., N. Y., and subsequently came to the city of Troy. There, with his sons, he established a general wholesale and retail mercantile business, and afterward engaged in the foundry business and the manufacture of stoves, being among the earliest in Troy to carry on that branch of industry. His father, John Anthony, born in 1816, after coming to Troy, in 1837, married Mary Ann Gibney, of this city; was for many years associated with his father in the mercantile and foundry business, and upon retiring from those pursuits for several years was engaged in real estate operations in the city; was prominently identified with its business interests and prosperity, and for many years was a member of the city council. He removed to the State of Delaware about 1865, where he now resides.

Jesse B. Anthony was born in Troy, Dec. 16, 1838; received a fair common-school education, and at the age of sixteen entered a wholesale grocery house as a clerk, where he continued during the remainder of his minority. In 1859 he married Catharine A., daughter of John M. Bogardus, of Troy, and the same year, in partnership with Charles E. Dusenberry, the firm of Dusenberry & Anthony became the successors of J. M. Bogardus & Co., in the wholesale coffee and spice trade. The firm continued until 1876, carrying on an increasing and large business. From 1876 to 1879 the firm was known as J. B. Anthony & Co., and in the latter year, Henry O. Dusenberry retiring from the firm, Mr. Anthony continued the business as the sole owner. He was one of the organizers of the Troy Steam Heating Company, of which he is president, and is one of the directors of the Union National Bank.

His close application to business, his perseverance and resolution to succeed in whatever he undertakes, and his integrity in all relations with his fellow-men, have won for him the confidence of business men , and given him a place among the most enterprising young men of the city.

He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in "King Solomon's Primitive Lodge, No. 91," Troy, N. Y., Feb. 23, 1860; and after filling the offices of Senior Deacon and Senior Warden was, in 1867, chosen as its Worshipful Master, and continued in that honorable position for four consecutive terms. In 1873 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Twelfth Masonic District, holding the office two years; and in June, 1875, was elected Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, which office he now holds. He received the Capitular Degrees in "Apollo Chapter, No. 48, R. A. M.," Troy, N. Y., in December 1860; and after serving as Captain of the Host one term, and Principal Sojourner two terms, was elected in 1872 as its High-Priest, filling the position for five consecutive years, and on retiring therefrom at his own request, was complimented with a costly Past High-Priest's jewel as a token of respect and esteem. In the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York he holds the position of Grand Lecturer. He received the orders of knighthood in "Apollo Commandery, No. 15, K. T.," Troy, N. Y., in 1863, and after filling the office of Prelate for four consecutive years, was elected as its Eminent Commander, and retired from office in 1876. He received the degrees in the Criptic Rite in "Bloss Council, No. 14, R. and S. M.," Troy, N. Y., March 15, 1861, and after filling various subordinate positions was elected at its T. I. Grand Master. In the year 1862 he received the grades of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, to the thirty-second degree inclusive, and has been an active worker in the rite, and now holds the position of T. P. G. M. of "Delta Lodge of Perfection," M. E. S. P. G. M. of "Delta Council of P. of J.," and M. W. and P M. of "Delta Chapter of R. C.," allocated at Troy, and is the First Lieutenant Commander in "Albany Sovereign Constitory," Albany, N. Y. In 1874 the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic jurisdiction invested him with the thirty-third degree and created him an honorary member of that exalted body. He is also the G. P. of "Oriental Temple of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine," Troy, N. Y., and a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland in the United States, having received the degree in May, 1878, at Washington, D. C.

In all the Masonic enterprises of the city of Troy he has been an active worker, and has devoted much time to the interests of the craft. At the erection of the new Masonic Temple at Troy, in 1872, he was one of the most energetic workers in the completion of that enterprise, and has been the secretary of the "Troy Masonic Hall Association" since its incorporation in 1871, and holds various offices of trust in the Masonic bodies of the city of Troy.

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