Biography of George H. McKinley


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McKinley, George H., was born in the town of Clayton, January 26, 1852, and passed his youth upon the home farm. After obtaining a fair English education he removed to Clayton village which has ever since been his home. He first entered the employ of the late Dr. Amos Ellis as clerk in his drug store, where he remained two years. He then found a better position with A. F. Barker, who was then conducting the principal general store in the place. He remained with Mr. Barker and his successors. H. S. and S. B. Barker, five years. During this period, by close attention to business and constant study and observation, the young man gained a knowledge of business methods and firmly established his own character upon a foundation of integrity and courtesy in dealing with others. In April, 1877, Mr. McKinley associated with Capt. M. Halpin. in conducting a general store under the firm name of G. H. McKinley & Co., and when Mr. Halpin died five years later. Mr. McKinley purchased his interest and has since successfully carried on the business. Mr. McKinley is a public spirited citizen and has taken an active interest in politics. He has served as trustee of the village and was unanimously chosen village president in 1893. For sixteen years he has served as a member of the board of educa. tion and at the last election was chosen president of the board. He is a Democrat in politics, but numbers among his sincere friends many of the opposing party. He has recently received the appointment of postmaster of Clayton, to the general satisfaction of the community. He has been a director in the National Exchange Bank since its incorporation. In 1876 he married Margaret B. Halpin, a native of Kingston. and they have seven children, as follows: Francis M., born July 18, 1877; John Harry, born May 5, 1879; Lena Eleanor, born November 3, 1883; Edward Emanuel, born December 25, 1887; George Victor, born August 24, 1892; Hilliard Arthur, born November 26, 1895; Florence Marie, born April 27, 1898.

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