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Biography of George Newton Nelson

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GEORGE NEWTON NELSON. This successful general merchant of Buford, Arkansas, is also the efficient postmaster of the place, a position to which he was appointed by President Cleveland in 1885. Although young in years, he has shown commercial ability of a high order, and has proven it to be a fact that good management, fair dealing and application to business will result in profit to the parties at interest. Failure rarely, if ever, comes to him who devotes himself conscientiously to his work, and to him who would succeed energy and perseverance are leading essentials. Mr. Nelson was born in Lee County, Miss., October 21, 1866, to William and Martha (Carter) Nelson (for a history of whom see the sketch of Jesse N. Nelson), but his education was received in Buford. He was reared in his father’s store, and after the latter’s death in 1885 he and his brothers, Jesse N., J. A. and W. B., then engaged in business together, and successfully carried on the business so ably inaugurated by their worthy sire, for a number of years. Then George Newton Nelson became the sole proprietor by purchase, and in addition to looking after his store carried on farming also, having a half interest in 500 acres of fine river bottom land.

He is an enterprising young man, honest and industrious, and is in every way deserving of the success which has attended his efforts. He has held the position of notary public for four years, and has been postmaster of Buford a like length of time. He is a member of E. M. Tate Lodge No. 320, at Fairview, of the A. F. & A. M., and politically is a Democrat. July 1, 1891, he was united in marriage with Miss Nannie Davis, who has resided in this State but a short time, having come here from her native State of Alabama.


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