Biography of Andrew B. Galatian
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Galatian, Andrew Bedford, justice of the peace and acting recorder of the city of Elmira, was born in Walden, Orange County, N.Y., June 20, 1825. and is a son of John I. Galatian, a woolen manufacturer and mill owner at that place, who died at Walden in 1829, aged thirty five years. Andrew was educated in Walden, Newburgh, Madison Academy. Pa., and Plainfield, N J., and graduated from the Green Brook Family School at Plainfield. He read law at Newhurgh. N. Y., with the late Judge Fullerton, of New York city, and spent five years in his office. On motion of Judge Fullerton he was admitted to the Court of Common Pleas, but never practiced. He was principal of the Washingtonville (N. Y.) Academy for about two years, an institution of note at that time. He was clerk in the prothonotory's office of Luzerne County at Wilkesbarre, Pa., about two years. He removed to Elmira in 1851, where he has ever since resided. In 1856 he was elected justice of the peace and has been reelected a number of times since. From 1861 to 1863 he was city editor of the Elmira Daily Gazette. In 1864 he was commissioned by Governor Seymour as first lieutenant in the Seventh Regiment New York, and recruited several thousand men for the front in various regiments. In 1866 he published historical sketches of Saginaw City, East Saginaw, Salina, Bay City, and Winoni in Michigan. In 1868 he published a history of Luzerne County, Pa. He also published a history of "Elmira and Chernung County," which contained about 250 pages from the earliest period to October, 1868. He purchased the plant of the Wellsville Free Press and moved, to Andover, Allegany County, N. Y., and ran it as a Republican paper, the Andover Advertiser and Free Press from 1871 to 1872. He moved it to Horseheads and ran it as the Horseheads Free Press about one year. He then moved it to Elmira and started the first Sunday paper in that place, the Elmira Sunday Herald. The first issue of this paper he sold nearly 3,000 copies and each subsequent issue the number increased. Mr. Galatian has been a member of Newtown Lodge, No. 89, of Odd Fellows, since 1852, and also a member of Fort Hill Encampment. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and has been twice married. He has two sons and three daughters. One son, George H., the eldest, is a traveling salesman and John A. is a law student. George H. was in the Treasury Department during Cleveland's administration.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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