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HARLEMAGNE TOWER was the seventh in descent
from John Tower, the son of Robert Tower, of Hingham,
in Norfolk, England, and of his wife, Margaret Ibrook, who came to America with a colony led by Rev. Peter Hobart, from old Hingham, and settled in Massachusetts at what is now Hingham, in the year 1637. He was born on the 18th of April, 1809, in the Township of Paris (so called from Isaac Paris, a man noted for his public benefactions after the American Revolution), in Oneida County, New York, some twelve miles south of Utica. His father, Reuben Tower, a well-known and public-spirited man, born at Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on the 15th day of February, 1787, and married in the Township of Paris on the 15th day of February, 1808, was active in the development of the public improvements of his time, in the State of New York, notably the Chenango Canal, and was also a member of the Legislature of New York in 1828. He died at the age of fortyfive, on the 14th of March, 1832, in St. Augustine, Florida, where he had gone for his health. His mother, Deborah Taylor (Pearce) Tower, was born at Little Compton, in Rhode Island, on the 6th day of July, 1785.
Mr. Tower's education was begun in his native place, and carried on subsequently at the Oxford Academy, in Chenango County, and at the Clinton Academy, and the Utica Academy, in Oneida County, New York. It is worthy of note that he taught school in the common schools of the townships of Paris and