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NEILSON, William Hude, broker, born in New York city, 7 May, 1816; died in Far Rockaway, Queens County, New York, 30 December, 1887. He received a liberal education, and early engaged in business in his native city, where his life was spent. When the Open board of brokers and the old Stock exchange were consolidated, largely through his efforts, he was chosen president of the new exchange, and reelected for two succeeding terms. As president of the Hannibal and St. Joseph railroad company, he extricated that corporation from debt and placed it on a stable foundation. For forty years he took an active part in municipal affairs, especially those relating to the educational interests of the city, and to church work chiefly in the direction of Sun-day-schools. He was president of the board of education from 1855 till 1858, and again in 1873-'6, for years serving as chairman of the committee on normal schools. He was a member of the Committee of Seventy during the campaign against Tweed, and was active in promoting every important measure of public reform.
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