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Pierson, James Smith


Age: 21, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. C, 12th VT INF, dis/dsb 4/13/63

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Birth: 12/08/1840, Shelburne, VT
Death: 04/10/1898

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 22
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Lucille E., 5/23/1908, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


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Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Pierson, James Smith, of Burlington, son of Smith F. and Lydia R. (Tabor) Pierson, was born in Shelburne, Dec. 8, 1840.

After attending the public schools of Burlington until he was seventeen years of age he went to Janesville, Wis., where he found employment as a clerk in his brother's store for a few months; then returned to Burlington where he was occupied with learning the trade of a machinist till 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Co. C, 12th Vt. Vols., but was discharged on account of sickness before his term of service expired. For nearly five years owing to disease contracted while in the army the state of his health prevented any active employment. He next removed to the city of New York and gave his attention to the development of Professor Lowe's invention of water gas, the success of which is due largely to the improvements he invented and perfected in the apparatus for manufacturing the gas, which is now universally used in America, and has reduced the cost of gas to the consumers in the United States, millions of dollars per year. He was for several years engaged in constructing gas works in most of the large cities in this country and for two years was general superintendent of the United Gas Improvement Co. of Philadelphia, the largest gas corporation in the world. After accumulating a fortune he retired from active business in 1886 and returned to Burlington, where he purchased his father's old farm and has since occupied himself with the improvement of the same. He is a director in the Burlington and Waterbury (Conn.) Gaslight companies and president of the latter, also a director in the Burlington Electric Light Co., and has official connection with various other water gas companies.

Mr. Pierson married, Dec. 7, 1872, Lucille, daughter of James and Elenor (Pelleatrue) Blake of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have an adopted daughter: Constance.

He is an adherent of the Republican party but has never sought or held any office. He belongs to several social organizations in the city of Burlington and attends the Protestant Episcopal church.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 314.


He Was Connected With many Electric Road Enterprises in Vermont.

James S. Pierson of Burlington, president of the Montpelier and Barre Traction company, and a dozen or so electric enterprises in the State, died suddenly at Chicago last Sunday night. He has been ill in that city with pneumonia about ten days, which it is supposed caused his death. Mr. Pierson has been spending the winter at Green Cove Springs, Fla. and left there about two weeks ago for New York and from there went to Chicago.

The first intimation of Mr. Pierson's serious illness came in the shape of a telegram to John J. Flynn, his business associate, requesting him to come at once to Chicago with certain business papers. Mr. Flynn left Sunday night. Mr. Pierson belonged to the combination known as the big four, consisting of himself and Messrs. Flynn, Humphrey and Kennedy, who have secured electric road franchises in a great many towns in the State. He leaves a wife and one adopted daughter.

Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, April 12, 1898.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.