Biography of Daniel Keating
Madison County, NY Biographies





Keating, Daniel, has been one of the leading educators of Madison county for many years. He was born about two miles north of the village of Cazenovia, November 21, 1854. His father. Maurice Keating, was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, where he was born August 1, 1820. In 1849 he came to this country in a sailing vessel and on his arrival found himself with little more than enough money to pay his expenses to Troy, where he soon found employment by the month. He worked some years for wages. and was married in 1853 to Mary Bagley, who was born in his native county, and came over in 1842. They soon started for themselves, and by industry and frugality secured a pleasant home about one mile west of Chittenango Falls. Daniel Keating, their eldest son, was reared to habits of industry and until he reached his twentieth year assisted in the conduct of his father's farm. He received his primary education in the public schools and later attended Cazenovia seminary, beginning his chosen profession of teaching when in his twenty third year. Since then he has made school work his business. He was first elected to the office of School Commissioner in 1888, in a hotly contested triangular fight, he a Democrat in a Republican district, rcceiving a handsome majority over the Republican and Prohibition nominees. His second term was secured by a still larger majority, some 800 votes. Mr. Keating has made a most efficient commissioner and has proved the possession of unquestioned ability in educational work. He married, November 25, 1891, Ida L. Griffin, daughter of Henry L. and Lovina (Gilman) Griffin, of Jefferson county. Until her marriage Mrs. Keating was also engaged in teaching, and enjoys the distinction of being the first lady school commissioner elected in the State of New York.

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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