Biography of George W. Salisbury
Madison County, NY Biographies





Salisbury, George W., postmaster of Cazenovia, was born in Otselic, Chenango county, N. Y., March 1, 1843, a son of Horace and Wealthy (Wells) Salisbury. When he was an infant the family removed to Nelson, near the village of Erieville, where he was educated, later attending the Cazenovia Seminary and Elgin Academy at Elgin, Ill. Much of his time in early life was employed in school teaching. In 1864 he enlisted from Elgin, Ill., in Company A, 144th Illinois Volunteers, and served until honorably discharged at Camp Frye, Chicago. He was a non commissioned officer, but during his service was detailed at different times to act in every company office. After receiving his discharge he returned to Earlville and married Mary Ann Wells, a daughter of Clarke Wells of that place. For a time he taught the Erieville school and was also engaged in farming. In 1869, he, with Peter R. Duffy, bought the Erieville cheese factory, and conducted it until 1871, under the firm name of Duffy & Salisbury. In 1871 he purchased his father in law's farm, but rented it the same year and went into the insurance business, having been offered a position as traveling agent by C. W. Hatch of Cazenovia. Later he was employed by the insurance firm of Carpenter & Mallory for a short time, and in 1877 opened an agency of his own, covering Erieville and vicinity. In 1882 he began an insurance business in Cazenovia, which he still continues. In politics Mr. Salisbury has been a Democrat, and has frequently served on the Democratic county committee. He was a justice of the peace eight years. In 1896 he was appointed by President Cleveland postmaster of the village of Cazenovia. He holds membership in Knowlton Post, No. 160, G. A. R., and in Cazenovia Lodge of Masons, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Veiled Prophets. Of his union with Mary A. Wells two sons were born: Homer W. and C. Birney Salisbury.

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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