Biography of John O'Leary


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O'Leary, John, was born at Waddington, St. Lawrence Co., December 17, 1860. His father, James O'Leary, was a native of county Westford Ireland, and came to the United States in 1847, settling in Waddington, where he was identified as a laborer and farmer. He died January 8, 1890, in his sixty-fourth year. John O'Leary was educated at Waddington and graduated from the Union School in 1884 and from the St. Lawrence University in 1888. In that year he engaged as a teacher in the Alexandria Bay Graded School, as principal of the school, and taught for five years and then accepted the position of deputy collector of customs. In 1888 he married Mary, daughter of John Hallen, and they have three children: Margaret J., Mary E. and James H. Mr. O'Leary is one of the progressive men of his town, taking an active interest in educational and religious institutions and has ever aided and advanced any enterprise for the benefit of his town and its people. He was the first president of the present Jefferson County Teachers' Association, which was organized in 1891.

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