The Houghtons of Corning, New York
Five Generations of Brilliance
About the Book
The Houghton family brought the Industrial Revolution to Corning, New York, with a hot-glass factory and his friend’s cut-glass industry.
Although his friend’s cut-glass industry failed during the first half of the 1900s, the Houghtons built the hot-glass factory into a Fortune 500 company over five generations.
Thomas P. Dimitroff traces the history of the Houghton family, glass making in the United States, and life in Corning, New York, in this scholarly book.
With the cooperation of Corning Inc. and Houghton family members, the author shares a trove of photographs and draws on his extensive research to give a rich portrayal of the city and the family that played a critical role in its development.
The story begins in1635 when John and Ralph Houghton arrived in America from England and takes a decisive turn with the birth of Amory in 1813, who wasn’t satisfied being a New England farmer. Deep inside, he was an entrepreneur – although he struggled in his early attempts.
Discover the rich history of Corning Inc., and the amazing family that contributed to life-changing glassmaking developments in America and throughout the world.
About the Author
Thomas P. Dimitroff lives in Corning, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Science in education. He taught in Corning Public Schools for thirty-five years. Dimitroff is a frequent lecturer, was elected to the Steuben County Hall of Fame and was presented the Jefferson Award. He is the co-author of History of the Corning-Painted Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country and the author of Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics. He is married and has a son.