Hiram Gage was born in March,
1802, at Castleton, on the Hudson. He came to the city of Hudson
with his parents when a mere child, was educated at the public schools,
and spent the remainder of his life in this city. His name appears
among those who were connected with the public enterprises of Hudson for
nearly half a century. He was a successful crockery merchant
for many years previous to his death, he had retired, leaving the business
he had so long and industriously followed to his nephew.
Gage was interested in founding the Farmers' Bank of Hudson, of which he
was one of the early directors, and continued in that position till the
time of his death. He also held at various times the offices of
supervisor, alderman, etc. Of a quiet, unostentatious manner, and
rather retiring habits, he was nevertheless prompt and liberal in his
impulses towards all benevolent objects or public enterprises calculated
to promote the growth and prosperity of the city.
member of the First Universalist Society of Hudson, whose welfare he
always warmly sympathized, he was ever a cordial supporter of the
interests, and one of the largest contributors towards the erection of the
new church edifice. He was indeed a generous patron of many
enterprises, and in the family relations dispensed his favors with a
judicious kindness which was often the occasion of remark.
Gage was never married, but kept house in this city with his sister.
He was a man of strict integrity, honorable and upright in all his
business and social relations, prompt to meet obligations, of great
firmness and decision of character, and kindly sympathy for those less
fortunately circumstanced than himself; so that, while he sought to deal
justly with all men, he also loved mercy, and always inclined to the more
cheerful and hopeful views of Providence and the world.
departed this life on the 20th of February, 1871, and was buried by the
Knights Templar, of which order he was a prominent member. He will
long be remembered as on whose upright dealings, uniform courtesy, and
unostentatious ability won for him the confidence and esteem of the entire