HON. B. W. HUSTON
subject of this sketch is th senior member of the Tuscola County Bar, and for
many years has been a man of prominence in the State.
Mr. Huston was born near Rochester, N. Y., March 5, 1831, and came to Ypsilanti, Mich., with his parents when five years of age. He was educated at Ypsilanti; admitted to the bar at Ann Arbor in September, 1854, he married Nancy Vought. They have two children.
Mr. Huston was a Democrat until the war of the rebellion when he became a Republican, in which political faith he has since continued. In 1858 he was elected prosecuting attorney on the Democratic ticket. In 1867 he was a member of the (continued on page 47)
Constitutional convention; a member of the House of
Representatives of the State in 1869
and 1871, and of the State senate in 1879.
He was one of the early postmasters of Vassar; a member of the Republican
National Convention in 1872 and again in 1880; a lay member of the general
conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Baltimore, and in 1880 at
Mr. Huston went into the military service of the United States in 1862 as captain of Company B, Twenty-third Michigan Infantry. He participated in a number of engagements, was promoted major in 1864, and mustered out in January, 1865.
Mr. Huston has been singularly successful both in his profession and as a businessman. In boyhood he was deprived of many of the advantages generally enjoyed by the youth of this country. When he settled in Vassar his only capital consisted of his profession, his good habit, industry and energy. Then at the time of his marriage his entire cash capital would have hardly equaled the usual marriage fee. He has not only accumulated a handsome property, but he contributed largely to the prosperity of Vassar, and to the architectural beauty of the place. His residence, which is an attractive brick structure, is one of the finest in the village, and his brick block constructed in 1882, is an ornament to the village.
Mr. Huston has borne a prominent part in public affairs, having been identified with all movements in the general interests of the people. As a representative and senator he has diligently looked after and forwarded the interests of his constituents and of his county, and has deserved and received the appreciative thanks of the people.