Biography of Eugene M. Perry
Madison County, NY Biographies





Perry, Eugene M., p. o. Georgetown. Prominent among the successful business men of the village of Georgetown none is more conspicuous than Eugene M. Perry. He is a native of Madison county, born in Georgetown, July 11, 1845, the only son of Charles L. and Charlotte C. (Niles) Perry. His father was born in Fabius, Onondaga county, and his grandfather, John Perry, a native of New England, was one of the early settlers of Fabius. Charles L., father of Eugene M., spent his boyhood on the farm and later learned the harness making trade in Pompey. after which he carried on a business for himself in Georgetown and later in De Ruyter. He also kept a public house while a resident of De Ruyter. From there he removed to Hamilton and kept the Park Hotel for two years, when he returned to Georgetown and opened and conducted a harness shop, in which he was engaged a number of years. He afterward returned to De Ruyter, where he died in May. 1887. from the effects of a kick from a horse. He married Charlotte C. Niles, a native of Lebanon, and daughter of Luther and Chloe C. (Gray) Niles, who were pioneers of that town. They had two children: Chloe Adellah (Mrs. T. A. Wilson) of Hamilton, and Eugene M. Until nineteen years of age Eugene M. Perry lived at home, attending school and assisting his father in his shop. The war of the Rebellion was now in progress and young Eugene, animated by patriotic ardor and enthusiasm, enlisted in the Oneida Cavalry, his regiment being stationed for a time at City Point, Va. This was in August, 1864, and in the spring of 1865 they marched to Richmond, and thence to Washington. The following May he was honorably discharged and returned home. He then entered his father's shop where he worked until 1870, and in 1871 opened a harness making shop on his own account, which he successfully conducted until December, 1893. Having been elected sheriff of the county the month previous he, in January, removed to Morrisville to assume the duties of hips office. On January 19, 1871, he married Achsah A., daughter of Edwin R., and Mary J. (Sherril) Niles. They have one child, a son, Harold R., born September 24, 1882, who is now attending the Georgetown Union Free School. On January 1, 1897, Mr. Perry returned to Georgetown and resumed his harness business, in which he has since been successfully engaged. He is in the full prime of manhood, active, energetic and of unmistakable business ability; he is a man of genial and pleasing manner and the highest personal integrity. Politically he is a Republican and has held the office of town collector, constable, clerk and supervisor. He was a member of the Republican county committee three years, elected supervisor in 1892, and reelected in 1893, serving on the committees on equalization, sheriff's and jailer's accounts, apportionments and loans, etc. He was a charter member of Cautious Lodge, No. 726; F. & A. M., and its master for two years. He is also a member of Carey W. Miner Post, No. 624, G. A. R., was officer of the day for two years, after which he was elected to the office of senior vice commander, after which he was elected to the office of commander. Mr. Perry takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the advancement of education, and was one of the prime movers in the establishment of the Georgetown Union Free School. and has since been elected one of the board of trustees. Of Mr. Perry, who was born and reared in Georgetown, it should be further said that his record as a county and town official has always been of the highest character.

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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