Biography of John R. Olmsted

Olmsted, John R., was born in Le Roy, N. Y., October 17, 1819, son of Col. William and Cynthia (Franklin) Olmsted. His parents were natives of Connecticut, his father coming to Genesee county in 1810. John R. Olmsted was educated in the district schools and at Round House School, from which he was graduated. He studied law in Le Roy and in Rochester, and was admitted to the bar in 1847. He began the practice of his profession in Le Roy with Mr. Charles Bartow (deceased), and for half a century was in practice, ranking with the best lawyers in the county for many years. He never sought otfice, devoting his attention strictly to his profession, attaining success. In 1896 he retired and is now enjoying the fruits of his industry. He was married in 1853 to Elizabeth M. Allen, of Mumford, N. Y.; they have six children: John B., Harvard '76, a lawyer in Buffalo; Oliver A., Harvard '82, in the grain business at Chicago; Allen S. of Cornell, and Jacob W., manufacturers in Le Roy; Mrs. E. P. White, Wellesley College, of Amsterdam, and Lily R., Ingham '92 and Columbia College '99, musical department. Mrs. Olmsted graduated from Ingham University in 1845 and has since been known as a writer of poems and essays for newspapers and magazines. Her history appears in "A Woman of the Century," edited by Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore.

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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