Hon. Samuel Anable was well
known as a business and public man in the city of Hudson for many years.
He was born in Haddam, Conn., March 20, 1786, and after spending a short
time in New London, came from that city to Hudson in his youth and learned
the trade of currier with Mr. Hopkins, then residing here. He was
married in 1805 to Nancy Cary, of Middle Haddam, Conn., and about 1810
established the leather business on the public square, in the city of
Hudson, where he continued in business till 1835, at which date he sold a
part of his business to his son, John S. Anable, and discontinued it
entirely in 1837.
this period other interests began to engross his attention. He
became interested in farming, in the West Stockbridge Marble Association,
and in the Hudson and Berkshire railroad, now the Hudson branch of the
Boston and Albany railroad. In each of these corporations he was an
active member and director, and was also for many years a director of the
Hudson River Bank. He was a man of indefatigable industry and
enterprise, and, by the large and successful business interest which he
conducted, became quite wealthy.
a Democrat and a politician of much ability and sagacity. In the
Jackson campaign of 1828 and 1832 he was very active, and was a friend and
supporter of Van Buren in 1836. In 1832 and 1833 he was elected
mayor of the city of Hudson, the duties of which office he ably
discharged, and to which he was again elected in 1843.
Anable was a man of strict integrity, strenuously honest and upright in
all his dealings and relations. He was also a man of great force and
strength of character,--too candid and honorable to equivocate or deny his
honest convictions, and too generous and catholic to disrespect the honest
convictions of others. Early in life he was not a professor of
religion, but he was subsequently converted, and became a member of the
First Presbyterian church of Hudson. The account which we have seen
of his conversion says, "The impression of his conversion was felt through
all the town. No man ridiculed it, for no man could deny it.
There he stood; the man whom they had known, the proud man, the man of the
world, transformed [p. 211] into the humble, zealous Christian. He
came forward, with many others, and publicly professed his allegiance to
Christ. He was ever ready to speak for his Master, in the church, in
the streets,--everywhere; and his words were burning words. He
witnessed a good confession. Such was his life; and when at last God
called him, how did he meet death? Patiently, resignedly; I may say,
almost exultingly. When the last moment came it was one of celestial
triumph." Such is the testimony borne by his pastor.
January, 1840, Mr. Anable had been injured by a kick from a horse, which
permanently lamed him, and was supposed to have hastened his death.
He departed this life on the 11th of July, 1846, His wife survived him,
and died March 16, 1866.
Of their seven children, only two daughters and their son, Samuel, now
remain. The latter, Samuel Anable, the youngest of the family,--his
father's successor in the leather business in Hudson from 1838 to
1845,--is now a resident of Albany, where he has carried on the same
business since 1846, and is one of the successful business men of that