Biography of John H. Broad
Madison County, NY Biographies





Broad, John H., p. o. Morrisville, publisher of the Madison County Leader, and under whose management the paper has been established upon a substantial basis and has become recognized as one of the best general and family publications in the county, was born at Lee Center, Oneida county, January 14, 1871. He was the son of William H. and Hannah (Harris) Broad, and the eighth of their ten children. In 1870 the parents came from the Cornish Cliffs of Cornwall, England, and settled at Lee Center. The father was a currier by trade. He removed to Morrisville in 1873 and for many years had charge of the finishing departments in the Tillinghast tannery. John H. Broad received his early education in the Morrisville Union School and at the age of fourteen years entered the office of the old Madison Observer to learn the printer's trade. Later on he worked in Oneida about two years and for a time in New York on the Ledger. He then returned to Morrisville and in the fall of 1890 became owner of a fourth interest in the Leader, at that time published by Stillman & Nash; later he secured a half interest and eventually the entire business. Even then Mr. Broad was not of full age and the wiseacres predicted his early downfall, but the paper still lives and flourishes under his management, while the office and mechanical equipment is one of the most complete in the county. Best of all, whatever success the Leader and its owner have achieved, has been due wholly to the energy, perseverance and capacity of Mr. Broad. The paper is thoroughly Republican and one of the influential organs of the party in the county. In 1898 Mr. Broad was appointed by President McKinley postmaster at Morrisville. On May 26, 1894, Mr. Broad married Mary G., daughter of the late James S. Stewart, the latter a well known lawyer in this county, and for several years county clerk.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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