Category Archives: Bicentennial Biographies

Bicentennial Biographiesis brought to you as a public service by the Chautauqua County Historical Society throughout 2011 to celebrate the county’s 200th birthday. To learn more, visit www.mclurgmuseum.org or contact your local historical society.

Obed Edson – Bicentennial Biography No. 200

Obed Edson was born February 18, 1832 in Sinclairville. His father was the Hon. John M. Edson – a native of Madison county who came with the family of Samuel Sinclair to settle Sinclairville in 1810. Edson obtained a good … Continue reading

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Aaron Hall – Bicentennial Biography No. 199

Aaron Hall was born in Otsego County on March 9, 1830 to Jacob and Eliza Woodburn Hall. In June of that year, his family came to Chautauqua County to live in a log cabin in the Town of Charlotte built … Continue reading

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Richard T. Ely – Bicentennial Biography No. 198

Richard Theodore Ely was born April 13, 1854, in Ripley, the eldest of three children of Ezra Sterling Ely and the former Harriet Gardner Mason. He received his early education in the public schools of Ripley and later attended the … Continue reading

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George Patterson – Bicentennial Biography No. 197

George W. Patterson was born on Nov. 11, 1799 in Londonderry, N.H. to Thomas and Elizabeth (Wallace) Patterson. He was the youngest of twelve children, eleven of whom lived to mature age. Patterson received a common school and an academic … Continue reading

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Horace Greeley – Bicentennial Biography No. 196

Horace Greeley was one of the most well known journalists and reformers in 19th Century America, and while he never lived in Chautauqua County, he spent enough time and in the Town of Clymer to warrant being mentioned in our … Continue reading

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Katherine Bement Davis – Bicentennial Biography No. 195

Katherine Bement Davis was born in Buffalo, New York on January 15, 1860 to Oscar and Frances Freeman Davis. Her mother was a strong proponent of women’s rights and a zealous advocate for women’s suffrage. Katherine and her family lived … Continue reading

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