Biography of John F. Lay

Lay, John F., was born in Batavia, -May 1, 1822. His father, George W. Lay, was a native of Catskill. N. Y., and was graduated from Hamilton College in 1817. He came to Batavia and studied law with Phineas L. Tracy, and was admitted to the bar in 1820. He married Olive. daughter of John Foote in 1821; in 1822 was appointed captain of the 16th Cavalry by Governor Clinton; in 1823 judge advocate by Governor Yates of the 4th Brigade of Cavalry; was county treasurer from 1825 to 1831; member of congress 1839-36; in 1840 elected from Genesee cqunty to the .State Legislature and appointed chairman of the Canal Committee; and appointed U. S. chargé d'affaires to the Court of Norway and Sweden in 1842-45; he died in 1860 in his sixty-third year. John F. Lay was graduated from Yale College in 1841 and admitted to the bar in 1844. He was a trustee of Union School in 1871-80, was one of its building committee and acted as superintendent of its construction for two years. He is vice-president of the Batavia Cemetery Association and president of the Drainage Commission of Batavia. He has always been interested in the growth and progress of his town, and his satisfactory performance of public duties, his usefulness and uprightness of character, have won for him the respect and confidence of his fellow townsmen.

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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