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Corning Incorporated

A guide to the history of Corning Incorporated including Brooklyn Flint Glass Works, Corning Glass Works, and the Houghton Family.

The Houghton Family

Amory Houghton Sr. and Sophronia Mann Oakes Houghton

Amory Houghton Sr. (1813-1882) began the family glassmaking dynasty. The Massachusetts entrepreneur joined his first glass firm, Bay State Glass Works in 1851. He organized Union Glass Co. in 1854.

In 1864 he purchased the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works with his son, Amory Houghton Jr. as the glass chemist.

Lower costs, better access to fuel and transportation, and local financial support persuaded the Houghtons to move the Glass Works to Corning, NY in 1868 where they remain to this day as Corning Incorporated.

The Houghton Family and Corning Glass Works

Amory Houghton Sr. (1813-1882), President & Chairman, Corning Flint Glass Works (1868-1870)

Amory Houghton Jr. (1837-1909) Manager, President, Corning Glass Works (1871-1909)

Charles F. Houghton (1848-1897), Salesman, Inventor, Vice-President, Corning Glass Works (1869-1897)

Alanson B. Houghton (1863-1941), President, Corning Glass Works (1910-1918); US Congressman (1919-1922); Ambassador to Germany (1922-1925); Ambassador to Britain (1925-1929)

Arthur Amory Houghton Sr. (1866-1928), President, Corning Glass Works (1919-1920)

Amory Houghton Sr. (1899-1981), President & Chairman, Corning Glass Works (1930-1961); Ambassador to France (1957-1961)

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. (1906-1990), President, Steuben Glass (1933-1981)

Amory Houghton Jr. (1926- ) President, CEO, Corning Glass Works (1961-1983); US Congressman (1987-2005)

James R. Houghton (1936- ), Chairman, Corning Incorporated (1981-1996 & 2002-2005)

Source: Generations of Corning by Davis Dyer  and Daniel Gross, 2001.


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