Closson was born on June 27, 1837 in Norwich, Vermont. His parents were
Asa B. Closson and Caroline Taylor Closson. A.B. Closson Jr. married
Julia Payne in 1866. Miss Payne was the daughter of Nathan Payne and
Sarah Brewer Payne of Massachusetts. A.B. and Julia Closson had four
children: Henry Burton Closson, Fannie A. Closson, Walter Palmer Closson,
and Alice Helen Closson (who married Presbyterian Minister J.M. Work).
Closson and his family moved to Cincinnati in 1865, and eventually,
he established the A.B. Closson Jr. Co. on Fourth Street. The company
sold maps and charts. In time, the business expanded to include the
sale of statuary, rugs, pottery and artwork. The A.B. Closson Jr. Co.
was incorporated in 1906.
In 1873, Closson and his family moved to the City of Ludlow. He soon
became a leading citizen. Closson was a stockholder and former president
of the Ludlow Farmers and Mechanics Bank. He also served for a decade
on the Ludlow School Board.
In 1885, Closson purchased Somerset Hall in Ludlow. Two generations
of the family lived in the historic structure, which was built in 1832.
During the Closson ownership, a new street - Closson Court - was constructed
to the rear of the home. The Closson family lived in Somerset hall until
1925, when it was sold the Unity Lodge No. 478 F & AM.
Asa Burton Closson died on August 7, 1910. He had been in poor health
for some time. Doctor's found it necessary to amputate his leg one month
before his death. Services were held at the family home with burial
at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati the Queen City, 1788-1912 (Volume IV) p. 903-04; E. Polk
Johnson, A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians (1912: Vol. II) p. 1087;
Kentucky Post, August 8, 1910, p. 2 and August 10, 1910.