History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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THOMAS OGBORN ATKINSON, son of Edmund S. and Ruth (SIMPSON) ATKINSON, was born in Wrightstown township, Bucks county, October 12, 1834, on the homestead farm, and was reared thereon to manhood.  He received an ordinary education in the public schools, and the school of Rev. Samuel AARON, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, known as Tremont Seminary.  In early manhood he taught school for several years, working on the homestead farm during vacation season.  In August, 1858, he removed to Mound City, Linn county, Kansas, and engaged in the mercantile business in company with his brother, J. Simpson ATKINSON, remaining until December, 1859, when he returned to Wrightstown and engaged in the same business at Penn's Park, where he did a large business until 1871, at which time he sold out and removed to Doylestown, his present residence, and engaged in the real estate business.  He first formed a partnership with Andrew J. LARUE, under the firm name of A. J. LaRue & Co.  After the death of Mr. LARUE in 1873 he formed a partnership with Samuel A. FIEMAN, under the firm name of T. O. Atkinson & Co.  The latter firm did a very extensive business in their line in Bucks and adjoining counties.  In 1886 he quit the real estate business, and with the late Judge Richard WATSON and others assisted in organizing the Bucks County Trust Company, and became its first treasurer and secretary, and has held that position until the present time.  Mr. ATKINSON is one of the best known business men in Bucks county, and has always stood deservedly high in the estimation of the people.  He has held many positions of trust.  Like all of his ancestors he is a member of the Society of Friends.  In politics he is a Republican, but has never held other than local offices.  He is now serving his third term as president of the town council of the borough of Doylestown.

   He married in March, 1861, Mary B. HESTON, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (SMITH) HESTON, who is also a member of the Society of Friends.  Their only child, Edmund Russell, died in early manhood.

 Text taken from pages 164and 165 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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