BRINTON, HARRY A., general manager of the Universal Baking Powder Company, was born in Dau[hin county, about six miles from Harrisburg, April 13, 1847, son of Caleb and Sarah (Alleman) Brinton, the former a native of Chester, the latter of Dauphin county. The father came to Dauphin county about 1835, and was for ten years engaged in the manufacture of coffee mills, ladles, door locks, and jack screws in West Hanover township, after which he was a farmer in Susquehanna township eight years, and then removed to Swatara township and farmed eight years more. From there he went to Cumberland county, where he lived eleven years, and in 1866 came to Harrisburg and resided here seven years. He next moved to New Cumberland, where he remained four years, and then returned to Harrisburg, where he has lived retired from active business for the past twenty-five years, and at the age of eighty-six years is still in the enjoyment of good health. His wife died in 1860. Their children are: Martin, farmer in Cumberland county; John, of Susquehanna township; Lydia E., wife of Peter Hershey, Harrisburg; George, of Harrisburg; Caleb, residing in Idaho; Harry A.; Susan, wife of J.D. Sprout, died in January, 1885; Elizabeth, wife of T.W. Jones, of Cornell. Ill., died October 26, 1895; and David, died in infancy.
Harry A. was about seven years old when he with his parents located between Fairview and Bridgeport, where he received his education in the public schools. He was engaged in farming for twelve years, and subsequently became an engineer and worked for ten years at this occupation in Harrisburg, after which he was for fifteen years engaged in merchantile pursuits, and in August, 1894, became a stockholder and was elected general manager of the Universal Baking Powder Company. Mr. Brinton was married in Harrisburg in 1871 to Mary J. Shaeffer, daughter of John and Mary Shaeffer, natives of Lancaster county, to whom have been born ten children, of whom five died in infancy, and the survivors are: John C., Mary P., George W., Charles L., and Helen J. Mr. Brinton is a member of Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, I.O.O.F., and of the Knights and Ladies Honor. In his political views he is a Republican. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.