Rochester, the City of Beginnings

OCLC: 7091066
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In her 1919 address to the Rochester Historical Association, H.E.B. Dow juxtaposes the city’s history of social tolerance and forward thinking with its religious conscience. This book is a must-read for those who wish to find out how anti-slavery, women’s suffrage, the temperance movement, the modern cult of spiritualists, anti-masonry, and even the raid on Harper’s Ferry had their beginnings in Rochester, NY.

Discover the names and influences of many prominent Rochesterians, most of whom now rest in the city’s famous Mount Hope Cemetery, who had a hand in shaping the nation’s nineteenth century politics and American industry — from the issuance of paper money by the federal government to the founding of Western Union, the Pacific Railroad, the mail order industry, the Republican Party, voting machines, and much more.

-Justina Elmore

This work, originally published in 1919, is reprinted by Milne Library at the State University of New York College at Geneseo as part of the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints series. The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is Milne Library’s largest and most accessible collection of local history materials. Its geographical scope covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming. For more information, see: