Biography of William M. Fort
Madison County, NY Biographies





Fort, William M., Ph. B., p. o. Chittenaugo. the efficient principal of Yates High School. Chittenango, was born at Stamford, Conn., January 18, 1867. The nativity of the family is Norman French, and his Huguenot ancestors accepted the hospitality of American shores about 1725. Soon after this time Abram Fort. the progenitor of that branch of the family now found in the Mohawk and upper Hudson valleys, located near Troy. N. Y., from whom the subject of our sketch is descended. Prof. Fort's father, Louis H. Fort, now resides near Schenectady. His boyhood was spent in Saratoga county, and his education, begun in the vicinity of Schenectady and continued in Troy Conference Academy, was completed at the Albany Normal College and the Illinois Wesleyan University, from which institution he took his degree. Meantime he had acquired invaluable experience in teaching in the district schools of Saratoga and Schenectady counties, which led him upon the completion of his education to choose the profession of teaching as his life work His first work after his graduation was as an instructor in the Adeiphi Academy of Brooklyn. The year following this he took charge of the union school at Baldwin, L. I., and in 1895 came here as principal of Yates High School, where his success has been marked and substantial October 20, 1896, he married Grace O. Denny of Cold Spring, Putnam county, N. Y. Prof. Fort hold high standing in the fraternity of Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Good Templars, and of various educational societies, among the latter the Onondaga County Educational Council, and the Association of Academic Principals of New York. He esteems it not the least, among his honors to be president of the local chapter of the Theta Phi Fraternity, maintained by the young men of Yates High School.

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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