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COLLINS, George C., merchant, born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1810" died in New York City, 10 February, 1875. He removed when a boy to Hartford, Connecticut, and at the age of twenty went to Mobile, Alabama, as confidential secretary to Burrett Ames, the largest cotton-dealer in the south. After three years he returned to the north and went into business on his own account as a grocer in Hartford, removed to New York City in 1841 as partner in the house of McCoon, Sherman & county, and established in 1860 the house of Collins & Rayner, which afterward became George C. Collins & county After the draft-riots of 1863 he was a member of a committee to prosecute the claims of the families of the murdered Negroes against the City, and was one of the largest contributors to the fund raised for the relief of the families. He was an active promoter of various charitable and religious objects.
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