Biography of Francis T. Heath
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Francis T. Heath, born in Malone, May 18, 1817, entered the Palladium office as an apprentice in 1835, and was deputy county clerk under Uriah D. Meeker, during which latter service he began the study of law, but was compelled by ill health and imperative engagements along other lines to relinquish his intention to become a lawyer. He returned to a connection with the Palladium, became the editor and proprietor of the paper, and continued his connection with it more or less actively until 1856, though in 1814 he engaged also in the grocery and drug business. The grocery line was soon discontinued, however, and in 1876 Mr. Heath retired altogether from active busincss pursuits, living thereafter a life of leisure. In 1853 he consented reluctantly to become the Whig candidate for member of Assembly, and was defeated by only a few voted, while the rest of the ticket was buried under three to four hundred majority. His interest and quiet participation in public affairs always continued eager and useful, but with persistent refusal except in 1853 and upon one occasion that he served as village president to be a candidate for any office. Mr. Heath was a loyal friend and Christian gentleman, of private life that was spotless and pure, and of good sense and discriminating judgment He was widely known locally and everywhere respected. He died suddenly of a paralytic shock January 7, 1886.

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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