Biography of William Pagett
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Pagett, William, born in Wordsley, Worcestershire, England, came to this country in 1847 and settled at Washingtonville, N. Y., removing thence to Elmira in 1855. He purchased the tannery on Newtown Creek opposite the woolen factory, which he sold in 1864 and returned to England, but came again in 1865 and purchased the H. Bowman tannery on West Water street. He retired from that business in 1870. During the war he fed the Rebel prisoners in Elmira for six months under a government contract. He has served twice as alderman from the First ward, and has dealt largely in real estate both in the city and county. Of late years he has dealt in a number of valuable New York city and Brooklyn business properties. He has also been a large oil producer, having drilled and owned at one time no less than sixty oil wells. He is now actively engaged in drilling and producing oil in the newly developed oil field McDonald, situated eighteen miles from Pittsburgh, Pa.

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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