Biography of P. H. Donnelly
Madison County, NY Biographies





Donnelly, P. H., president of Cazenovia village, and merchant of thirty years' establishment, was born in Cazenovia, July 9, 1846, a son of William and Ann (Flanagan) Donnelly. His father was a well known resident of this village for over fifty years. During his boyhood Mr. Donnelly attended the common schools of the village for a time, but at an early age began to work. His first employment was in Jeremiah Wormuth's tannery, where he remained five years, gaining a good knowledge of the tanner's trade. After leaving the tannery he began work in the sash and blind factory of Sage & Ames, remaining in their employ until 1869, when he established himself in the grocery business, which he still continues. During the first two years he was associated with Charles Potter under the firn name of Potter & Donnelly, and in the succeeding five years with his brother, William H. Donnelly, who purchased Mr. Potter's interest. The firm of Donnelly Brothers was dissolved in 1876, and since that year Mr. Donnelly has conducted the business alone, having now completed three decades as a dealer in groceries in Cazenovia village. In politics he has always been a staunch Democrat and is a leading spirit in party circles in this section. It is proper to state that Mr. Donnelly has accomplished much valuable work in the cause of education. He worked unceasingly to secure a union school in Cazenovia, and has been a member of the school board for over twenty years. In village politics Mr. Donnelly has for some years been prominent, having served as treasurer of the village, in which office he has made his administration a credit to himself and to the corporation. He was an active worker for the installation of water and sewer systems in Cazenovia, and has been a loyal supporter of every movement tending towards the development of the village. Mr. Donnelly married, in 1873, Mary Huller, a daughter of Casper Huller of Cazenovia. Their children are four: Helena M., Walter H., Anna C., and Mary Elizabeth.

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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