Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
Mr. Wilder was born September 24, 1844, in Lancaster, Worcester county, Massachusetts, where his ancestors settled two hundred and fifty years earlier. In 1865 he graduated at Harvard College and entered a mercantile house in Boston, which sent him to Buenos Ayres, South America, the next year. Here he held the position of United States consul for a while, in addition to his business.
In 1870, he returned to the United States and opened a commission house in his own name. He was also the president of the Franklin Bank Note Company, and director of a number of other companies.
He has a beautiful residence on the avenue leading to Morristown and has purchased more than one hundred acres of land suitable for building purposes.
Transcribed by Christopher Cresta
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