Elmer Stephen Tilton, a manufacturer of hosiery in Tilton, but a resident of Laconia, Belknap County, N.H., was born in Laconia, October 11, 1869, son of George H. and Marietta (Randlett) Tilton.
His grandfather, Joseph S. Tilton, a worthy representative of one of the old families, was a resident of Laconia, where he was one of the originators of the hosiery business, which he carried on successfully for many years. During the Civil War he was First Lieutenant, but served as Captain, of the Company H, in the twelfth New Hampshire Regiment, and was wounded at Chancellorsville. He married Betsy Ham, who lived near Strafford, N.H.,; and they had four children. Grandfather Tilton died in 1879,
George H. Tilton, the father of Elmer S., was formerly in the hosiery business in Laconia. In 1891 he removed the industry to Tilton, N.H., where he still manages it with excellent financial returns. He also served in the Rebellion, in Company D., fourth New Hampshire Regiment. In the engagement before Petersburg, Va., he received a sunstroke. His wife was a daughter of Osgood Randlett, who belonged to one of the oldest families in Belmont, N.H. Mrs. Tilton died when Elmer S., their only child was but four years of age. Mr. Tilton was a Representative in the legislature during 1891 - 92.
Elmer S. Tilton was graduated at the Laconia High School in the class of 1887, and has since been associated in business with his father in Tilton. In politics Mr. Tilton affiliates with the Republican party. He is a member of the Republican City Committee, and is reputed to be one of the hardest party workers in Ward Three. In 1894 he was defeated in his candidacy as a Representative to the legislature by only six votes, and in 1896 he was elected to office. He is also one of the Auditors for Belknap County.
In 1892 he was united in marriage with Lillian G., a daughter of E.B. Harrington, of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer S. Tilton have two sons ---- Charles Henry and Elmer Harrington. Fraternally, Mr. Tilton is a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & S. M.; Union Royal Arch Chapter, No. 7, Pilgrim Commandery, K.T.; and Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, K. P. --- all of Laconia. He is also a thirty-second degree Mason, being a member of Edward A. Raymond Consistory, of Nashua, N.H. He also belongs to Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Boston, Mass.