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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE CORSON, an active and influential factor in the business circles of Whitemarsh township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, was born at the old Corson homestead located near Plymouth Meeting, September 14, 1849, a son of Elias Hicks and Emily R. (Harris) Corson.

The educational advantages enjoyed by George Corson were obtained in the schools of the neighborhood, which he attended until he was fourteen years of age; at the famous Central High School, located at Fifteenth and Race streets, Philadelphia; and at Treemount Seminary, Norristown, where he completed his studies. During the years 1874-75 he was in the employ of Alan Wood & Company, of Conshohocken, and in the year 1876 he decided to test the business opportunities of the western portion of the United States. Accordingly he went to Minnesota, locating at Willmar, where he entered into partnership with his brother, Henry H. Corson, in the grain and banking business. This connection was dissolved the following year owing to the death of his father, when George Corson felt it incumbent upon himself to return home. From that year until the present time, a period of twenty-seven years, he has been connected with his brother, Walter H. Corson, at Corson Station, in various enterprises, namely: farming, dealing in coal, and in the burning of lime; and by industry and perseverance they have been enabled to earn a comfortable livelihood, and also to accumulate a competence for their declining years. Mr. Corson is a man of honor and integrity, active and energetic in the promotion of plans which tend toward the development of the community in which he resides, and the esteem in which he is held by his fellow townsmen is evidenced by the fact that he was chosen to serve in various capacities of trust and responsibility. For twelve consecutive years he served as school director of Plymouth township; is a director of the Montgomery Mutual Fire Insurance Company, at Norristown; and vice-president of the Tradesmen’s National Bank at Conshohocken.

On March 16, 1881, Mr. Corson married Elizabeth D. Cadwallader, born June 16, 1856, died July 21, 1903, a daughter of Charles M. and Anna (Conrad) Cadwallader, of Bucks county, Pennsylvania. Three children were born of this marriage: Charles Cadwallader, born January 12, 1882; he is a third year student in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Percy Harris, born June 15, 1884, died January 23, 1904. George Cadwallader, born September 9, 1889.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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