Biography of George S. Henry
Franklin County, NY Biographies





George Stanley Henry, who has taken a prominent part in the public life of Franklin County for many years, has also successfully conducted a general insurance business at Fort Covington, where he was born Feb. 22, 1856. He is the son of Ralph and Jane (Short) Henry.

Ralph Henry was born at Danville, Vt., in 1812, and was two years of age when he was brought to New York by his father, Samuel Henry. The family settled at Fort Covington and became prosperous farmers of Franklin County. There were eight children born to Samuel Henry, of whom Ralph Henry was the third in order of birth. The latter was married in 1848 to Miss Jane Short, the daughter of Amos Short of Fort Covington. To this union were born 12 children, of whom only four survive: 1. Charles W., a farmer, lives at Fort Covington. 2. Rebecca, married A. H. Jennings, a retired farmer, lives in St. Lawrence County. 3. Sarah, married A. H. Kingston, a farmer, lives at Brasher Falls, N. Y. 4. George Stanley, the subject of this sketch. Ralph Henry died in 1900 and his wife died in 1909. Both are buried in Fort Covington Cemetery.

The education of George Stanley Henry was received in the district schools and he also attended Fort Covington Academy. He taught school for eight years in Franklin County, and at the same time was also interested in the creamery business. For a time he conducted a general mercantile business at Fort Covington. He was elected supervisor of the town of Fort Covington in 1885, and held that office for three years. He then became deputy inspector and collector of customs in 1889, in which capacity he served for five years. Since 1892 Mr. Henry has been interested in the general insurance business. He became committee clerk of the New York General Assembly in 1902 and four years later was elected sheriff of Franklin County. While holding the latter office he was a resident of Malone, but at the expiration of the term he returned to Fort Covington to resume his business interests. He was reappointed committee clerk of the New York Assembly in 1914 and still holds that office. From 1926 until 1930 Mr. Henry also was elected commissioner of his district. He is justice of the peace and has been president of the local Board of Education for many years. He has also been a member of the Republican County Committee for more than 30 years. He is secretary-treasurer of the Fort Covington Cemetery Association.

In May, 1884, Mr. Henry married Miss Ada A. Frye, the daughter of Charles and Harriet Frye, of Fort Covington. Their children were: 1. Floyd, born Feb. 20, 1885, died at the age of five years. 2. Mary A., born in 1889, a graduate of Franklin Academy, and a teacher in the public schools of Malone and Fort Covington before her marriage to George W. Wilson, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 3. Harold, born in 1894, is associated with the Aluminum Company of America, at Massena, N. Y. 4. Laura H., born in 1898, a graduate of Fort Covington Academy, and a teacher for ten years before her marriage to David T. Urband. He is a veteran of the World War, and is manager of a summer hotel at Cayuga Lake, N. Y. Ada Frye Henry died in May, 1913, and is buried in Fort Covington Cemetery.

Mr. Henry holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, being a Knight Templar and a life member of Karnac Temple, Montreal.

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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