Biography of Gaylord Noble Sherwood


Sherwood, Gaylord Noble, late of Buffalo, was born in the town of Fairfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., April 18, 1805. He attended Fairfield Academy until fifteen years of age and then left school to teach, serving as principal of schools at Newport and Antwerp, Herkimer county, for several years. In 1825 he was appointed deputy postmaster at Antwerp, and served two years in that capacity. In 1827 he removed to Camullus, Onondaga county, N. Y., where he entered the employ of Miles W. Bennett, and the following year married the daughter of his employer, Sarah Bennett. In 1828 Mr. Sherwood established a store in Camillus, and making it a grand success, he later started general country stores at Baldwinsville, Aniboy, Fulton, Syracuse, and other neighboring towns, continuing to reside in Camillus until 1873. He was chairman of the Onondaga Board of Supervisors for one year, a brief political record for so prominent a man. In 1857 he bought an interest in the old Dart elevator in Buffalo, which he sold two years later and started the first distillery at Black Rock, under the firm name of Shoemaker, Stewart & Co. He was one of the organizers of the Bank of Commerce of Buffalo, and was interested in many other projects. His first wife died in 1864 and he was again married in December, 1868, to Sarah Green of Philadelphia. Mr. Sherwood died in 1893, and his wife, two sons, Charles and Duane, and a daughter, Rosita, survive him.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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