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AMOS G. THROOP, Pasadena, was born in De Ruyter, Madison County, New York, July 22, 1811. The most of his boyhood days were spent in Cortland and Chenang counties, that State. In May, 1832, he left Chenango County, going to Michigan, the then far West, where he arrived without a dollar. He settled in St. Clair County and made that his home for eleven years. In 1838 he returned to his native State, and at Preston was united in marriage with Eliza V. Wait. Soon after that event he returned to Michigan, where he continued to reside until 1843, in which year he removed to Chicago, where he lived until 1880. During the years of his residence in that now busy and wealthy city, Mr. Throop witnessed many changes and held many important trusts and positions. He saw the first locomotive that ever entered Chicago. He was one of the original organizers of the Chicago Board of Trade, and a member of it for a number of years. He was also a member of the committee of arbitration for the Board of Trade for several years. In 1852 Mr. Throop built the Garden City House, which was at that time the best house in Chicago. In 1849 he was elected alderman and served four years, and was elected again in 1876 and served four years more. He has been intimately acquainted with every mayor Chicago has had up to the present time. In 1854 and 1855 Mr. Throop was appointed assessor for West Chicago. He served five years as a member of the board of supervisors of Cook County. In 1855 he was elected city treasurer for a term of two years, and while holding that position he handled over $5,000,000 of the city funds, and for two years was a member of the State Legislature of Illinois. In 1880 he came to California and located in Los Angeles, where he purchased a ranch on the corner of Main and Jefferson streets, on which was a fine residence and other buildings. In 1886 he removed to Pasadena where he expects to spend the remainder of his days. He had been in Pasadena only a short time when he was strongly urged to become a member of the city council, his services in that capacity in Chicago having become known in his new Western home. Through strong solicitation he reluctantly consented and now holds a position in the city council of that place. Mr. Throop has contributed largely to the cause of education, and all through life he has been an earnest advocate of temperance.

Source: An Illustrated history of Los Angeles County, California: containing a history of Los Angeles County from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its prospective future, with profuse illustrations of its beautiful scenery, full-page portraits of some of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1889, pp. 659-660.


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