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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.

James M. Borthwick

James M. Borthwick, son of William D. and Maria (Russell) Borthwick, was born on a farm in Broome, Schoharie county, January 29, 1849, was educated in the common schools and when seventeen began teaching a district school, an occupation he followed winters until 1874. In 1875 he engaged in mercantile business in Huntersland, N. Y., and continued until the spring of 1877, having for one year Holmes Wiltsie as a partner. Selling out he became a clerk for G. B. Russell at Clarksville, Albany county, one year and then spent two years on the farm and two years as a general merchant at South Berne.

In 1882 he came to Albany and, forming a partnership with George B. Russell, engaged in the grocery, flour and feed business. Five years later he sold out to Mr. Russell and went to Coeymans Junction (now Ravena) as a general merchant, being also postmaster. In 1890 he sold out to Bentley & Shultes, and for a short time engaged in real estate operations. Returning to Albany in September, 1890, he became proprietor of the Pearl Street House, which he sold in 1891 to John G. Myers. On May 1, 1891, he became proprietor of the Kimball House on Washington Avenue, which he has since conducted.

He has always been an active Republican, a delegate to several political conventions, and in 1895 was elected county clerk of Albany county, over Joslyn Nodine, receiving the largest majority (1,032) of any man on the ticket. He is a member of Middleburg Lodge No. 663, F. & A. M., Capital City Chapter No. 342, R. A. M., De Witt Clinton Council No. 22, R. & S. M., Temple Commandery No. 3, K. T., Cyprus Temple, N. O. M. S., and the Republican Unconditional Club and was some time a member of the Jackson Corps.

In 1869 he married Charity, daughter of Cook Sisson, of Huntersland, Schoharie county, and they have two children: Acton S. and Blanche M.

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