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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Frederick Easton

Frederick Easton is a son of the late Hon. Charles P. Easton and was born in Albany, on the corner of Clinton avenue and Chapel street, on the 5th of January, 1860. Hon. Charles P. Easton was born here October 24, 1824, and died March 3, 1885. For many years he was a leading business in Albany's great lumber district, being the founder and head of the firm of C. P. Easton & Co. He was also a public spirited citizen who devoted himself untiringly to the educational interests of the community. In religious and charitable undertakings he was equally zealous, and an entire generation of the city's young men will recall with pleasure his dignified but genial presence, and especially his liberality and unceasing efforts in the advancement of public school methods.

Frederick Easton has spent his life in the immediate neighborhood of his birthplace. He received his early education in public schools Nos. 6 and 15, and after completing the grammar course attended the Delaware Literary Institute at Franklin, Delaware county. On returning to Albany he associated himself in the wholesale lumber business under the firm name of C. P. Easton & Co., his partners being his brothers William and Edward, with whom he has since continued. On the death of the father these sons succeeded to this business and have conducted it with marked ability and success, maintaining a credit and an integrity unsullied.

For nearly ten years Mr. Easton was a prominent member of Co. A, 10th Regt., now the 10th Battalion, but owing to pressing business obligations he resigned from active service and is now a member of the Old Guard Albany Zouave Cadets. He has been an active member of the Capital City Club since 1872 and is now its president. In the campaign work of this organization he served as lieutenant under Capt. A. W. Pray in 1884 and as chief of staff under Captains Albert Judson and Newcomb Cleveland in 1888 and 1893 respectively. He is also active in Masonic circles, being a member of Masters Lodge, Capital City Chapter, De Witt Clinton Council, Temple Commandery, and Cyprus Shrine. He is a member of the Fort Orange Club and the Benevolent Order of Elks, and was twice elected secretary and treasurer of the Albany Board of Lumber Dealers. He was manager of the Young Men's Association for three years under President Richard L. Annesley and served as its vice-president one term. During Major Manning's term of office Mr. Easton was a member of the committee that conducted the Columbian celebration in Albany, leading the third assembly district organization. On January 23, 1895, he was appointed by Governor Morton superintendent of public buildings of the State of New York, which position he now holds.

Mr. Easton is a public spirited citizen, and takes a deep interest in all that concerns the welfare and advancement of the community. In politics he has always been an ardent Republican, and his advice and counsel in party affairs are sought and valued. Enterprising, progressive, and influential, he worthily represents those sterling principles of manhood and citizenship his honored father so diligently carried out.

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