Hudson, J. L.
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Hudson, J. L. (17 October 1846–05 July 1912), merchant, was born Joseph Lowthian Hudson in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, the son of Richard Hudson, a businessman, and Elizabeth Lowthian Hudson. In 1855 he immigrated with his family to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where his father—who had previously run a tea and coffee business—entered the employment of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada as a telegrapher. The younger Hudson began his schooling in Hamilton and briefly continued his education when his family again relocated, this time to Grand Rapids, Michigan. At age thirteen he became a telegraph messenger for the Grand Trunk, and he later worked nearby as a grocery store clerk and an orchard laborer....