Biography of Levi D. Little
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Little, Levi D., chief of police of Elmira, N. Y., was born May 20, 1850, in Baldwin, Chemung County, and is a son of Davis Little, who was a farmer, who had held the offices of supervisor and assessor of the town of Baldwin, and who died in 1882, aged sixty six years, leaving two sons, of whom Levi D. was the younger. The latter was reared on a farm, was elected constable on the Republican ticket in 1873, and reelected in 1874. He came to Elmira in 1874 as deputy sheriff for three years under Sheriff Allen Cooper, a Democrat, and was then appointed under sheriff under Gen. E. O. Beere, a Democrat, who succeeded Sheriff Cooper. After serving three years as under sheriff under Sheriff Beers Mr. Little was elected sheriff in 1879 on the Republican ticket by a majority of 1,775. April 11, 1883, he was appointed chief of police of the city of Elmira, which office he still holds. Levi Little, grandfather of Levi D., whose ancestors emigrated to America in company with the well known Clinton family of which De Witt Clinton was a descendant, was born in the town of Bloomingrove, Orange County, N. Y., January 14, 1791. He was the son of James and grandson of Archibald Little, and learned the trade of saddler and harnessmaker, at which he worked some years. He served in the War of 1812, and was detailed with his company t& guard the city of New York, being honorably discharged May 11, 1816. He married Abigail Smith, of Monroe, Orange County, N. Y., where she was born in 1795. Twelve children were born to them, four of whom survive. In 1819 he removed to Baldwin, where he settled and commenced the life of a farmer, remaining there until his death in 1862, at the age of seventy one years. He reared six Sons, of whom three are deceased J. Smith and Levi are merchants and farmers in North Chemung; and Johnson is a farmer in Erin. J. Smith Little has held the office of supervisor of Baldwin for six years. Levi D. Little is a Republican in polities; a thirty second degree Mason; a memberof St. Omer's Commandery, K. T.; a member of Corning Consistory; a member of Damascus Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Rochester. N. Y.; a member of Newtown Lodge, I. O. of O. F.; and a member of the canton and of the K. of F., the B. P. O. E., the Board of Trade, the Maple Avenue Athletic Association, and the Century and City Clubs of Elmira.

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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