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FLOWER, goswell Pettabone, congressman, born in Theresa, Jefferson County, New York, 7 August 1835. His ancestor emigrated from England to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1686. Roswell lost his father when eight years old, became a clerk in a store at fourteen, and afterward received a high school education. After working in a brickyard, and as a post office clerk, he was for ten years a jeweler, and afterward became a broker in New York City. In 1881'3 he was a member of congress, having been elected as a Democrat over William W. Astor. In 1886 he was appointed one of the electric subway commissioners in New York City. Mr. Flower gave $50.000 for the erection of the St. Thomas home on 59th Street, New York.
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