SELLECK Y. ST. JOHN, NEW CANAAN: Banker.
S. Y. St. John was born at South Salem, in the state of New York, February 10, 1819. His education was obtained
in district schools and academies, where was laid the solid foundation upon which his successes in business pursuits
have since been constructed. He was engaged in mercantile affairs for many years, but his connections have been
chiefly with banking and other financial institutions. He was treasurer of the New Canaan Savings Bank for seventeen
years from its organization in 1859, and has been cashier of the First National Bank of that place since it was
organized under the national banking law in 1865. He has been director of the New Canaan Railroad for a number
of years, and was president of the company from 1876 to 1878. He is also president of the New Canaan Cemetery Association,
and has held a number of local offices in that town, including that of town clerk for nine years, and justice of
the peace for even a much longer term. Mr. St. John is a republican in politics, and as such was elected, successively
in 1879, 1881, and 1882, to represent New Canaan in the general assembly of the state, where he rendered important
service to his constituents and the state. The subject of this sketch is a prominent citizen of his town, deeply
and actively interested in all public affairs, and highly esteemed by all who know him. He married December 1,
1840, Miss Mary A. Seymour, daughter of Holly Seymour of New Canaan, and they have had two children, neither of
whom is now living. A granddaughter, who is unmarried and resides with them, is their only representative.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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