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Denison, W. A., was born in Ellisburgh, March 28, 1853, a son of Edward and Hannah (Persons) Denison. Edward Denison was born in Massachusetts in 1826, and when thirteen years of age came to Ellisburgh, where he lived with an uncle, William T. Searles, a merchant of that place. Mr. Denison had a limited education and began life a poor boy, beginning as a peddler; at the age of twenty-one he went into partnership with Mr. Searles and remained until his death in 1863, being very successful in his business and doing a large business in buying and selling butter and cheese. W. A. Denison was educated in the Union Academy of Belleville, and began working on a farm by the month for an uncle, Austin Persons. After working five years he married Ada I., daughter of A. B. Wodell, and engaged in working Mr. Wodell's farm. In 1884 he came to Ellisburgh and engaged as a wholesale seed grower of peas and beans, handling in 1895 25,000 bushels. He is doing an extensive business with the best houses of this country and is also exporting some. In politics he is a Republican, but not an aspirant to office; he is now serving as president of the village.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898