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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.

Ralph Hornby

Ralph Hornby, now retired from active life, took up the machinist trade upon coming to Cohoes from England, where he was born in 1829. His early manhood was spent as a cotton weaver, but on coming to America he entered the employ of Campbell & Clute, remaining with them twenty-six years, holding the position of foreman for the last twelve years.

Mr. Hornby, from a poor boy, by economy, hard work, and perseverance, has accumulated a substantial fortune. He is practically the father of the Fifth ward of Cohoes. having built the first house in that ward. He has been largely instrumental in the development and upbuilding of that part of the city.

November 19, 1859, he married, in England, Jane Bell, of Preston, Lancashire, Eng., who has borne him six children, but two of whom are living: Elizabeth and Ellen.

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