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MACY, Josiah, sea-captain, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, 25 February, 1785: died in Rye, New York, 15 May, 1872. He received a common-school education, and was brought up to a seafaring life. While yet a young man he was one of the best known among the Nantucket sea-captains. In 1812 he brought to New York in the "Prudence," of which he was joint-owner, the first news of the declaration of war between the United States and Great Britain. In 1828 he joined his son, William H., in the commission business in New York city, which was henceforth his residence until he retired to a country life at Rye, Westchester County, New York--His son, William H., banker, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, 4 November, 1805: died in New York city, 19 May, 1887, received a common-school education, and at the age of eighteen went to New York city and entered the counting-room of a shipping-merchant. As soon as he reached his majority he began business on his own account. After his father joined him in the business the firm was called Josiah Mary and Son. He was elected a member of the Chamber of commerce in 1834, and soon became its vice-president. In 1845 he was made a director of the Leather manufacturers' bank, of which he became vice-president ten years later. He was chosen a trustee of the Seamen's bank for savings in 1848, vice-president in 1851, and president in 1863. He was an officer or trustee in many institutions, held the presidency of the New York hospital, the Society for the relief of the ruptured and crippled, and of the Seamen's cemetery association, and was often selected by business acquaintances to be the executor of their estates.
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