Henry Clay Bascom
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

HENRY CLAY BASCOM, son of Daniel W. and Pamelia (Shearer) Bascom, and brother of Chester Bascom (see preceding sketch), came to the city of Troy from Crown Point, New York, in 1867, Chester Bascom coming in 1879. Both became interested in the Vedder Pattern Works, the younger brother as an employee for twelve years before Chester Bascom became a partner in the firm, Bascom, Galbraith & Company, the Vedder Pattern Works giving way to that firm, which in 1884, upon the retirement of Mr. Galbraith, became Bascom & Company. For twelve years the Bascom Brothers continued the manufacture of patterns under their own name, then the younger brother died, having been connected with the business under the three firm names since 1867, a period of twenty-nine years. But the business founded inTroy in 1835 survives, and is yet under the able management of Chester Bascom.

Henry C. (H. Clay) Bascom was born at Crown Point, September 3, 1844, and died in Ocala, Florida, in November, 1896. He was educated in the public schools of Crown Point and at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, Fort Edward, New York, and at the age of twenty-three, in 1867, he came to Troy and entered the employ of the Vedder Pattern Works, taking a position as bookkeeper. He continued with the business in official capacity for twelve years, then, in 1879, he and his brother Chester purchased the Vedder interest, which is spoken of at length in the preceding sketch of Chester Bascom.

Henry C. Bascom entered heart and soul into the fight for constitutional prohibition of the liquor traffic and was the State standard bearer of his party in 1885. He was one of the most prominent men of the Prohibition party, and would have received the Presidential nomination, but his health failed him and he was not able to accept the honor. He presided over a State convention held in Albany, and his voice was a potent one in party councils. He became a member of the church at Crown Point, and in Troy was connected with the Fifth Avenue Church, and later Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as an official member of both churches, and was trustee and superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a man of high character, greatly beloved by all who knew him.

Henry C. Bascom married (first) in 1874, Lizzie W. Saxe, daughter of Judge R. J. and Rebecca (Weed) Saxe, of Sheldon, Vermont. Mrs. Bascom died in 1877, and Mr. Bascom married (second) in 1886, Ellen L. Forbes, of Fort Edward, New York, who survives him.

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