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Charles H. Pine

CHARLES H. PINE, ANSONIA: President Ansonia National Bank.

Charles H. Pine was born at Riverton, in the town of Barkhamsted, September 20, 1845. He left the public schools at the age of sixteen years to enlist in Company E, Nineteenth Regiment, afterwards the Second Heavy Artillery, and served as musician for three years, or until the close of the war. At its termination he engaged in mercantile business with N. B. Lathrop in Wolcottville, now Torrington, remaining two years. In 1867 be entered the Ansonia National Bank as clerk, and was subsequently appointed bookkeeper, then teller, elected cashier in 1873, and president in 1886, a position he now holds. He has held various offices of trust and responsibility during his residence in Ansonia, such as treasurer of the borough of Ansonia, treasurer of the Pine Grove Cemetery Association, and treasurer of the Fourth School District of Derby. He represented the town of Derby in the general assembly of 1882, and served as house chairman of the committee on military affairs; was re-elected a member of the house of 1883, and chosen speaker. He was paymaster-general on the staff of Governor Lounsbury in 1887-8.

He is an ardent republican, believing in the principles of the republican party most thoroughly, and has always been an earnest, faithful worker in the cause of republicanism. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, of the Society of the Sixth Corps, of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, and the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut. He is actively engaged in business pursuits, for, besides holding the position of president of the Ansonia National Bank, he is president of the Sperry Manufacturing Company of Ansonia, of the Seymour Manufacturing Company of Seymour, and of the Bridgeport Forge Company of Bridgeport, treasurer of the Bridgeport Copper Company of Bridgeport, and of the Parrot Silver and Copper Company of Butte City, Montana. He is also a special partner in a commission house in New York City doing business with the West Indies.

Mr. Pine has been, literally, the architect of his own fortune. Starting a poor boy, without influential friends, he has made his own way in life, and has reached a degree of success, financially and socially, rarely attained by much older men than he. He is regarded with high esteem in political and business circles throughout the state, and particularly in Ansonia, with whose interests he is closely identified.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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