Biography of General W. M. West
Madison County, NY Biographies





West, Gen. W. M., p. o. Hamilton, was born at Hamilton, N. Y., November 13, 1858. and was educated at the parish school of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the public school and Colgate University. He entered the National Hamilton Bank as office boy and has filled all positions therein up to president, which office he has held since 1894; he was cashier previously for several years. General West's history forms a vital part of the recent history of Hamilton. He has always taken a hearty and intelligent interest in the welfare and progress of the place. and after the disastrous fire no one was more active than he in building up the beautiful Hamilton of today. He has for some years been treasurer of Colgate University and is naturally a strong friend of his alma mater. He has also served as president of the board of water and light commissioners since its organization. In politics General West is a Democrat and was quartermaster general of the State of New York on the staff of Governor Flower. In 1882 General West married Alice Gray, and they have one son, David Belford West. Mr. West's parents were David Belford and Eliza (Mott) West. David Belford West was a prominent man in Hamilton, and was president of the National Hamilton Bank many years; he died in 1894. Few men of General West's age have attained such prominence and success in so many different lines; a banker of high standing, a distinctively successful quartermaster general, an able business man, the treasurer of a great university, and a politician who has represented his party at prominent conventions and presided at their counsels.

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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