Biography of Hon. Jacob W. Hoysradt


History of Columbia County, New York

By Captain Franklin Ellis

Published by Everts & Ensign

Philadelphia, PA



Page 210


      Among the active business men who have gained a prominent and influential place in the affairs of the city of Hudson may be mentioned the gentleman whose name heads this brief biographical notice.

     Mr Hoysradt was born in the town of Ancram, Columbia Co., N. Y., March 8, 1824.  A portion of his early life was spent as a clerk in a general country store at Valatie, in this county, and also as a clerk in the city of Albany.  In the spring of 1845 he commenced operations in the employ of Mr. C. C. Alger, in the manufacture of pig iron, at Berkshire, Mass., in which capacity he remained about five years.  The Hudson Iron Company being formed in 1849, he came in the spring of 1850, with Mr. Alger, to this city, and was associated with the latter in the  management of the Hudson Iron Works till 1864---a period of fourteen years of active and successful experience, requiring talents and business qualifications of a high order.   Upon the retirement of Mr. Alger, in 1864, Mr. Hoysradt was, by unanimous consent of the directors and stockholders, chosen general manager of the company, and has filled the position in a very efficient and satisfactory manner ever sine.  In 1868 he was elected president of the Hudson Iron Company, which responsible office, together with the general supervision and direction of the business, he continues still to hold.  It is sufficient evidence of My Hoysradt's ability in these positions to say that under his efficient management the Hudson Iron Works have been prosperous, notwithstanding the great depression in this branch of manufacture throughout the country generally since the panic of 1873.  He is known as a thorough business man, and has been actively identified with most of the leading interests of the city since he came to reside here.  Probably no man has done more to build up the industrial and financial welfare of the place than has Mr. Hoysradt during the period since he commenced operations in this city, and his character as a man and a citizen is in full accord with his eminent business qualifications and successes.   

     He has been an earnest Republican since 1856, and has taken an active part not only in local politics, but to some extent in the general political movements of the State and nation.  In 1868 he was a delegate to the National Republican convention held at Chicago, and was also a delegate to the National Republican convention at Cincinnati, in 1876.

     In the fall of 1858 he was elected mayor of the city of Hudson, and served during the years 1859 and 1860.  He was again elected to the same office in 1866, and served during the two following years.  For eight years---from 1869 to 1877--he was postmaster of the city of Hudson, and resigned at the expiration of the latter time.  For the past two years Mr. Hoysradt has held the office of president of the Farmers' National Bank of Hudson,---a position indicative of the confidence reposed in his financial abilities by the directors of that institution.

     Mr. Hoysradt is not wholly absorbed in business; while these varied interest occupy his chief attention, he has also a taste for general literature and art, and enjoys with a keen zest the amenities of social and domestic life.  The beauty and the pleasures of home are not neglected, and in his intercourse with friends he is one of the most social and hospitable of men.

      Mr. Hoysradt was united in marriage to Caroline, daughter of the late Charles McArthur, of this city, in 1853, and by this union has one son and three daughters living.