Biography of George M. Gillette

Gillette, George M., is a representative and one of the most prominent young men of the town of Bergen, a native of the town, born April 1, 1859, a son of James M. and grandson of Miles Gillette. His grandfather was a pioneer in this section of the county, moving to the town of Sweden in 1816, where he assisted in clearing the Ainsworth and Jennings farm. In what is known as the cold season, he with many more of the pioneers, were compelled to subsist almost entirely on bear meat and smaller game. He was drawn for the Patriot war in 1837 and while on his way to Buffalo found a pocketbook containing considerable money and valuable papers. He found the owner in Buffalo, who demonstrated his appreciation by helping him to secure a discharge from his draft in 1838 and 1839. He made four trips to Michigan on horseback, bringing back with him droves of cattle and hogs. George M. Gillette was educated in the Le Roy Academy, from which he was graduated in 1877. He then entered the employ of the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. Co., in the baggage department, and was in the employof the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. and Houston & Texas Central R. R. for two years in Colorado, Kansas and Texas. Returning home he engaged with the West Shore Railroad Company, remaining with them until 1888, when he resigned his position to engage in farming, in which he is interested at present, owning a farm adjoining the village, in which he takes great interest. Since his early manhood Mr. Gillette has manifested a keen and active interest in the political affairs of the county and State, and is a member of the Genesee County Republican Committee. In 1893 he was a delegate to the State Republican convention that nominated Levi P. Morton for governor; in 1895 he was a delegate to the Republican Senatorial convention; in 1896 was again delegate to the State convention that nominated Frank S. Black for governor, and again in 1899 a delegate to the convention that nominated Governor Roosevelt, and has often attended as a delegate county and assembly conventions. In 1897 he received the appointment to the position of deputy clerk of the Assembly, and again in 1898 and 1899. Mr. Gillette is a member of several c1ubs and societies and chief engineer of the Bergen Fire Departmeit. He takes active interest in all measures for the public good in his village and town. He has married twice; first, to Ella A., daughter of Sylvester Gillette; they had one son, Ralph D. His second wife was Mary A. Schubmehl of Bergen. Mr. Gillette was appointed, in the summer of 1899, deputy collector of Internal Revenue, under Hon. A. D. Sanders, and he entered upon the discharge of his duties about July 1.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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