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HASKELL, Llewellyn Solomon, merchant, born near Gloucester, Maine, 4 January, 1815; died in Santa Barbara, California, 31 May, 1872. He was of Welsh ancestry, was educated in the Gardiner lyceum, Maine, and began business as a druggist in Philadelphia about 1834. He afterward formed a partnership with Thomas B. Merrick, and removed to New York city in 1841. He had resided on the summit of Orange mountain, New Jersey, for several years, when he became impressed with the many advantages offered by its southeastern slope as a place of residence for business men. Having spent two years in the purchase of land there, he began in 1857 to lay out Llewellyn park, and about 1859 retired from business to give his whole time to its improvement. The park is now filled with fine residences. Mr. Haskell was a practical landscape-gardener, and many of its most beautiful features are due to him. A bronze bust of its founder has been placed near the entrance in Orange, New Jersey--His son, Llewellyn Frost, soldier, born 8 October, 1842, went to Heidelberg, Germany, to study, but returned in 1861 to join the National army. He enlisted in the 14th New York regiment, rose to the rank of captain, served on the staff of General Alexander S. Asboth at Pea Ridge and on that of General Henry Prince at Cedar Mountain, where he was severely wounded, and was the only officer on General Prince's staff that was not killed or mortally wounded. He became lieutenant-colonel of the 7th colored troops in October, 1863, served in South Carolina and Virginia, and became colonel in November, 1864. At the close of the war he was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. He then became associated with his father in the development of Llewellyn park, but in 1877 removed to San Francisco, California, where he has since engaged in business.
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