Biography of Ferdinand L. Daggett
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Ferdinand Lewis Daggett. - The career of Ferdinand L. Daggett, retired, has long been identified with Malone, and he is a member of one of the first families to settle in this section. He was born at Malone, June 16, 1853, the son of John Lewis and Julia (Nichols) Daggett.

In the summer of 1804 John Daggett, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came from Vermont to New York by ox team and settled on the present site of Malone. He was accompanied by his brothers, Ebenezer and Pliny, with their families. John Daggett secured a 200 acre tract of land and erected a two story eight room log house, which he successfully operated as a tavern for many years. After his death the property was transferred to Franklin County and used as a county home. John Lewis Daggett, father of the subject of this sketch, was born at Malone, Sept. 15, 1815, the son of John Daggett, Jr., who was born at Attleboro, Mass., Oct. 20, 1782. The latter was the son of John Daggett, who served throughout the Revolutionary War. He was a native of Attleboro, Mass., born Oct. 1, 1752.

John Lewis Daggett became well known in Malone as a building contractor, and built practically the entire residential and business sections of this place. He was married on Oct. 26, 1845, to Miss Julia Nichols, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Chase) Nichols, of Wallingford, Vt. Before her marriage she was a teacher in the Malone public schools. Mr. Daggett died Nov. 20, 1893, and his wife died May 9, 1886. Both are buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. Their children were: John Watson, who lives retired at Waterloo, Iowa; Mary Jane, who died in infancy; Herbert Nichols, who died July 4, 1872, at the age of 21 years; Florence M., who died Dec. 22, 1859, at the age of four years; and Ferdinand Lewis, the subject of this sketch.

Ferdinand Lewis Daggett grew up at Malone and was educated in the public schools and at Franklin Academy. At the age of 18 years he became a clerk in a local grocery store and was thus employed for three years. He then became associated with his father's contracting business at Malone. In 1877, however, Mr. Daggett went to Galesburg, M., where he spent a year in the shops of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. From there he went to Nebraska and worked for three years as a building contractor in the building up of Genoa, Neb. In August, 1881, he returned to Malone as a building contractor. Until his retirement in 1922 Mr. Daggett was recognized as one of Malone's most successful business men and reliable builders.

On Dec. 21, 1881, Mr. Daggett was united in marriage with Miss Emily S. Cooley, the daughter of Arthur Benjamin and Mary (Bostwick) Cooley, of Malone. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is the wife of Arthur Wesley Gamble, who is assistant cashier of the Farmers National Bank of Malone. They have a daughter, Barbara. Emily S. (Cooley) Daggett died Aug. 8, 1897.

Politically, Mr. Daggett has always been a Republican. He attends the Congregational Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, being a Knight Templar and member of Karnak Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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