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Genealogy and Biographical Sketch of Henry Edwards HUNTINGTON
Source:  Nelson Osgood Rhoades, ed.  1912.  Colonial Families of the United States of America.  Vol. VII.  Grafton Press, NY (George Norbury MacKenzie edited the first six volumes; republ. 1966/1995 by Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, MD; online at GenealogyLibrary.com).

Capitalization as in the original, some of which does not make sense.  Boldface added.  Long paragraphs were broken into smaller ones for improved readability.  Errors highlighted in red.

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HENRY EDWARDS HUNTINGTON, of New York City, and San Marino, California; b. 27th February, 1850, in Oneonta, New York; m. (firstly) 1873, at Newark, New Jersey, Mary Alice PRENTICE; m. (secondly) in Paris, France, 16th July 1913, Mrs. Arabella (DUVAL) HUNTINGTON.

[Transcriber's Note:  "Duval" is Arabella's middle name, not her maiden name; Arabella's maiden name was YARRINGTON.]

ISSUE BY FIRST MARRIAGE

  I. Howard Edward, b. 11th February, 1876, m. Leslie GREEN.
 II. CLARA LEONORA, b. 2d February, 1878; m. Gilbert B. PERKINS, of New York.
III. Elizabeth Vincent, b. 8th February, 1880; m. John B. METCALF, of Berkely, California.
 IV. Marian PRENTICE, b. 3d October, 1883; unmarried.

HENRY EDWARDS HUNTINGTON began business life in the hardware business in Oneonta and later in New York City; was in the lumber business at St. Albans, West Virginia, 1874-1880; Superintendent of Construction Chesapeake Ohio and South western Railway, 1880-1884; Superintendent 1884, Receiver 1885; Vice President and General Manager 1886-1890, of the Kentucky Central Railway; Vice President and General Manager Elizabethtown, Lexington and Big Sandy and Ohio Valley Railways, 1890-1892; First Assistant to President Southern Pacific Company, 1892-1900, appointed Second Vice President March 1900, later First Vice President; President Southern Pacific Company Railways of Arizona and New Mexico, Carson and Colorado Railway, Market Street Cable Railway, San Francisco.  At one time Mr. HUNTINGTON was in the directorate of fifty corporations from many of which he has resigned.

He is now Chairman of Board the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway; the Columbus, Hocking Valley and Toledo Railway Company; New port News (Virginia) Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company; Safety Insulated Wire and Cable Company (New York); Director and Member Executive Committee Iowa Central Railway Company; Director and President Huntington Land and Imporvement Company (California); Los Angeles Land Company; Los Angeles Railway Corporation; Los Angeles Railway Company; Oak Knoll Company; Director Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company; Covina City Water Company; City Railway Company of Los Angeles; Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railway Company; Dodgeville (California) Land Company; Donner Boom and Lumber Company; Equitable Trust Company (New York); Hammond Lumber Company (California); Hocking Valley Railway Company; Kanawha (Virginia) Bridge and Terminal Company; Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad Company; Newport News Light and Water Company; Old Dominion Land Company (Virginia); Pacific Light and Power Corporation (California); Redondo (California) Improvement Company; Southern Pacific Company; San Marino (California) Land Company; Wells, Fargo and Company; White Sulphur Springs Company.

In 1910 he retired from active business life and thenceforth devoted himself to the collection of a great library.  His method, unlike that of most collectors, was to absorb entire collections.  Thus he became possessed of many duplicates, which he later disposed of, retaining single copies.  Today his library is famous and known as the greatest private collection of English literature and Americana in the world, containing some priceless tomes exceeding in rareness and value those in the British Museum and the Bodleian.  Nearly all are first editions, of some of which there are only one or two in existence.

Among the exceedingly rare Americana are included the Hystorie of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles, with the names of Planters and Governours from their first beginning (1626), The Book of Colonial Laws, the Diary and Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, considered in value next to the Declaration fo Independence.  He has the first book ever printed in the English language: The Recuyel of the Historyes of Troye (1474); the first book in which color printing on wooden blocks was used, viz: The Boke of St. Albans (1486); the first book printed in the English Colonies of North America, The Bay Psalm Book (1640); the most famous manuscript of English literature, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1420) and perhaps the most valuable volume in the world, Shakespeare's Plays including the priceless Hamlet (1603).  The collection of Shakespeare quartos and folios is the finest in the world.  Included in the 400 Incunabula, or books printed before 1501, there are twenty-five Caxtons.  There are the original editions of the letters of Columbus announcing the discovery of the New World (1493); the world-famous Guttenberg Bible, the first book printed from movable type, for which the largest price ever paid for a single book was given.  The collection has been made by the acquisition in toto of many celebrated libraries like the Church, Benedict, Beverly Chew, Stow, Halsey, etc., and the most important portions of the Duke of Devonshire, Britwell, Bridgewater, Hoe, Huth, Poor, and other libraries.

Lineage...

[see individual family group sheets, linked below
in order of descent beginning with the immigrant]

Family Group Sheets

Simon HUNTINGTON & Margaret BARET

Simon HUNTINGTON & Sarah CLARKE

Samuel HUNTINGTON & Mary CLARK

John HUNTINGTON & Mehitabel METCALF

Joseph HUNTINGTON & Rachel PRESTON

William HUNTINGTON & Elizabeth VINCENT

Solon HUNTINGTON & Harriet SAUNDERS

Henry Edwards HUNTINGTON
& Mary Alice PRENTICE & Arabella Duval YARRINGTON

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