Biography of Albert Andrus
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Albert Andrus was the son of Cone Andrus, who was a pioneer, and who gave Arsenal Green to the State. He became a merchant at Malone at an early age, after having gained experience as a clerk in Vermont and in Michigan. Shrewd, careful and possessed of excellent practical judgment, his merchandising was successful, and he accumulated a comfortable fortune as wealth is measured in a rural community. He became a director of the O. & L. C. R. R., and was interested largely in banks in Malone and elsewhere. He was the Democratic nominee for the Assembly a number of times prior to the civil war, but as such was always defeated by small majorities. in 1861 he was nominated for the Assembly by the Union party, composed of Republicans and war Democrats, was elected, and was reelected in 1862 and 1863. He made a fine record, aud. was recognized. as one of the leading and most useful members. Franklin county presented his name for Senator in 1865, but St. Lawrence county, doubting his Republicanism, refused to accept him. He then became an "Andy" Johnson man, and for a time was the recognized administration representative in this section, but soon afterward identified himself with the Democracy again, and after a few years ceased to take an active interest in politics, and devoted himself quietly to business affairs. He died, at Malone July 19, 1889, in his 75th year.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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