Biography of Robert A. Maxwell of Batavia, NY

Robert A. Maxwell, State superintendent of insurance, is a native of Washington County, where he was born in 1840. He is a son of Alexander and Jane (Alexander) Maxwell, both of Scotch lineage. Robert was educated in the schools of his native county, and received the advantage of a course of study in the State Normal School of Albany. He then taught for two years in the schools of Greenwich. Deciding upon a larger field of operation he went to Chicago and engaged in mercantile pursuits, but was forced to return east on account of ill health, and in 1869 he became a permanent resident of Batavia. Mr. Maxwell was actively engaged in the making business for 10 years, first forming an association with E. H. Fish in 1871, and later with Henry J. Ensign, in the brewery and malt business. He was appointed one of the early trustees of the Institution for the Blind, and also served one year as willage trustee. In 1881 he was nominated on the Democratic ticket for State treasurer, and was elected by 22,000 majority, the balance of the ticket being defeated. In 1883 he was reelected by over 5,000 in advance of the rest of the ticket. In January, 1886, Gov. Hill appointed him State superintendent of insurance, which office he now holds. He was married to Mary McLean, of Washington County. Two children have been born to them, viz.: William A. and Marion Grace (deceased, aged nine years).

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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