BOAS, Daniel D., deceased, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., February 19, 1819, a few weeks after the death of his father, Jacob Boas, who had four sons older than Daniel D.: John P., William D., Jacob B. and Augustus F. Jacob Boas, the father of Daniel D., was the son of Rev. William Boas and was born at Reading, Pa., in 1786. He was brought up to mercantile pursuits and came to Harrisburg in 1805, where he established himself in business. He was a member of the borough council and was commissioned by Governor Sydney February 6, 1809, prothonotary and clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions and died wihile in office, October 8, 1815. He married Sarah, daughter of Jacob Dick, of Reading Pa. The widowed mother of Daniel D. removed with her sons to Reading, Pa., the residence of her relatives and friends, where the sons were all put to trades, it being the custom of that day to teach every boy a trade whether his family was wealthy or poor. Daniel D. patiently passed his apprenticeship but was very anxious to begin business for himself. He accepted a position for a short time in the Harrisburg postoffice, but soon relinquished it to accept an interest offered him by O. P. Bellman in his extensive shoe trade. Finding the shoe business too slow for him he persuaded Mr. Bellman to abandon it and they formed a partnership in the lumber business. Mr. Boas found in this business ample scope for his ability and congenial occupation for life. He was a man of marked characteristics and would have been prominent in any branch of business. His career was successful and carried him from insignificant beginnings to the plance of prosperity and competency. His business methods were comprehensive and complete, beginning with a carefully laid plan and progressing by the most studious attention to all details in operation and conducting with the utmost attainment of the end sought. He was a popular man in his business associations because of his consideration of the rights and comfort and convenienience of others. So well was he versed in human nature that he was able to transact business without friction and seldom had to resort to legal process to get his due. His sympathy with all classes was genuine and broad, while his aid to the needy was unstinted.
Mr. Boas was prominent in the Democratic party and was sometimes honored with office, but his strong and universal preference was to be a worker in the ranks of his party, and never lead. He served in the school board of Harrisburg for many years and was the president of that body. He was much interested in the organization and adoption of the free school system and was very active in securing that end. He counseled a liberal policy in providing school accommodations and many of the best improvements are due to his wisdom and sagacity. Mr. Boas was the candidate of his party in 1865 for senator from his distract and polled many votes above the strength of the party. In 1876 he was the Democratic presidential elector. He made no enemies either in politics or religion, but was broad and charitable, and honored the motives of all who differed from him in views. He died May 9, 1878, his life being suddenly terinated by an accident by which he was thrown from his carriage. The announcement of his death was mournful news in the city, where all recognized the value of his public service and the worthiness of his character. Few men were so prominent in promoting the welfare of the community and few events have saddened the hearts as his untimely taking off. Mr. Boas left a wife, two sons and three daughters, the eldest daughter being Mrs. John Wister, of Duncannon.
His son, Henry D. Boas, was born in Harrisburg October 11, 1857. He received his primary education in the public schools and the Harrisburg Acadeny and subsequently attended St. Paul's School at Concord, N. H. In 1871 he entered the office of his father and remained there until the death of the latter in 1878, when in connection with his brother, William S., they took charge of the business of which, since the death of his brother, he has had entire control. Mr Boas was married October 26, 1876, to Miss Susan Espey, daughter of Joseph and Mary Espey. Two children have been born to them: Mary Espey and Sarah Wister. Mr. Boas is a worthy successor of his distinguished father. The immense business interests which came early into his hands have been ably managed and the son has displayed much of the business ability shown in the successful career of his honored parent. In social life also Mr. Boas is an important factor. He is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M., and is a member of the Harrisburg Club. He and his family attend St. Stephen's Episcopal church.
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