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Thomas Danforth Boardman

Thomas Boardman
American, 1784 - 1873
Biography: Thomas Danforth Boardman was the son of Sarah Danforth Boardman and Oliver Boardman, and the great grandson of Thomas Danforth I (1703-1786) of Norwich. He was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, on 21 January 1784. The family, including Thomas Boardman's younger brother, Sherman (1787-1861), moved to Hartford in 1795. Thomas Boardman finished his pewter apprenticeship in 1804 and began working in Hartford; his brother Sherman joined him a few years later, and together, they worked for almost fifty years on Main Street, Hartford. On 28 May 1812, Thomas Boardman married Elizabeth B. Lewis. In 1822, the brothers opened a branch in New York; a third brother, Timothy, was put in charge, and the name T. B. & Co. was put in use. When Timothy died two years later, the name changed to Boardman and Company. Lucius Hart of Rocky Hill, whose step mother was a Boardman, became active manager, and in 1827, he became a partner. The firm continued as Boardman and Hart until its dissolution in 1850. The Boardman's opened a second branch store in Philadelphia in 1844, under the name Boardman and Hall; the local representatives there were Sherman Boardman's son, Henry S. Boardman, and F. D. Hall. The name was later changed to Hall, Boardman and Company, and finally to Hall and Boardman. That final name was still listed in the Philadelphia Directory when Thomas Danforth Boardman and Sherman Boardman closed their business in Hartford in 1854. Thomas Boardman's brother Sherman died 20 March 1861, and Thomas Boardman died 10 September 1873.