Eli J. Seeber. - A prominent figure in public life in Jefferson County for a number of years was the late Eli
J. Seeber, who served as a member of the New York General Assembly in 1883 and 1884. He was born at Brownville,
Jefferson County, Jan. 24, 1838.
At the age of two years the family of Eli J. Seeber settled at Clayton, in Jefferson County. As a young boy he
was forced to support himself and at the age of 18 years worked in a local grist mill. Later he became owner of
the mill and successfully operated it for many years. He then conducted a feed business at Chaumont for a number
of years and in 1898 removed to Adams, where he spent the remainder of his life, and he died here Aug. 28, 1931.
While a resident of Depauville Mr. Seeber served as justice of the peace and held the office of village supervisor
from 1878 until 1884. Throughout his arly life he was identified with the Democratic party, but later became a
In 1883 Mr. Seeber was elected as a member of the New York State General Assembly, having defeated William M. Thompson,
of Alexandria Bay by 70 votes. He served at Albany with the Hon. Isaac L. Hunt, who was senior member from Jefferson
County. While there Mr. Seeber made the acquaintance of the late Theodore Roosevelt, and this friendship ended
only with the death of Colonel Roosevelt.
In 1860 Mr. Seeber married Miss Amanda M. Lewis, of Clayton. She died Feb. 18, 1912. To Mr. and Mrs. Seeber were
born three children: 1. Mrs. Clarence A. Whittier, who lives at Adams. 2. Clara S. Pierce, who died April 22, 1922.
3. Willis E., who died June 14, 1920.
Mr. Seeber became a member of Depauville Lodge, F. and A. M. in 1868, and was the last charter member of the lodge,
and he also was Past Master, and belonged to Adams Chapter, R. A. M. No. 205. He was an organizer and charter member
of Adams Lodge No. 806, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Although he became a resident of Adams after attaining the age of 60 years, Mr. Seeber took an active interest
in all village affairs and served for three terms as president of the village. He was an honorary member of the
Adams Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. and Mrs. Seeber were active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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