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Cumberland County, Maine - Charles H. Lamson

Biography Charles H. Lamson Biographical Review Cumberland County, Maine Boston Biographical Review Publishing Company 1896 Page 300-301

Charles H. Lamson, who is successfully engaged as a jeweller and watch-maker at 203 Middle Street, Portland, is both a man of thought and a man of action, being keen and wideawake for business and possessing great mechanical ingenuity and inventive talent. He was born at Augusta, Me., September 17, 1847, son of Joseph S. and Eunice E. (Winslow) Lamson, the mother being a lineal descendant of the Winslows of Plymouth Colony. The father was a native of Exeter, N.H., but for some years a resident of Augusta, Me., where he married, and afterward followed his trade of book-binding. He died in 1854, being then in the prime of a vigorous manhood. Of his children four are living, namely : Joseph H. ; Isabel, widow of Josiah Packard, of Dixmont, Me. ; Charles Henry; and Frank P. The latter was but three years old when his father died; and be was adopted by Virgil Scribner, of Manchester, Kennebec County, Me., his name being changed to F. Lamson-Scribner.

He was graduated from Orono College, Me., and has become one of the leading botanists of America, and is now at the head of the division of agrostology in the United States Department of Agriculture.

Charles H. was educated at the common schools of Exeter, N.H., where his early years were spent; and later he learned the watchmaker's trade in this city, working for Oliver Gerrish, an old and well-known watchmaker. Mr. Lamson established himself here in business in 1871, and for twenty-five years has plied his delicate craft and sold his choice goods over the counter. Recently he has added to his business a bicycle department, which is proving quite profitable. Mr. Lamson is the inventor of several attachments for bicycles, the most notable of them being the Lamson luggage carrier, the principal one used by wheelmen the past ten years. He also designed the League of American Wheelmen badge that was adopted by the League of American Wheelmen of the United States, which has a membership of over sixty thousand. Mr. Lamson joined this league very soon after its organization, being No. 13, and was Chief Consul for Maine during the first years of its existence.

Mr. Lamson has made a hobby of aeronautics, being a thorough believer in the possibility of aerial navigation ; and in the course of his studying and experimenting he has constructed some peculiar kites, looking toward a solution of that problem. One of them, called the Lamson multiplane kite, has attracted considerable attention from those interested in such matters. He has been in correspondence with Hiram S. Maxim, of England, Otto Libenthal, of Germany, and other aeronautical inventors. Mr. Lamson cast his first Presidential vote for General U. S. Grant, and has never since swerved from party allegiance. He is a well-known member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Ancient Landmark Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and is likewise a member of the Ancient Brothers, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Lamson was married July 27, 1874, to Miss Elizabeth H. Cox, daughter of John and Adeline (Preble) Cox, both parents belonging to families formerly prominent in this city. Rear Admiral Preble, of the United States navy, was a brother of Mrs. Cox. Mr. Lamson and his wife have two children - Adelyn Preble and Charles A. Although both Mr. and Mrs. Lamson have liberal views on religious subjects, their beliefs are not identical, he being a follower of Swedenborg, while she is a Unitarian and a member of the old First Parish Church of Portland.


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