Biography of Merrill J. Brayton
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Merrill Jesse Brayton, secretary of the Utica Gas & Electric Company, has been prominent in business circles of this city for many years and is noted for his perseverance and untiring energy as well as for his sacred regard in observing financial and mercantile engagements. He is a native of Newport, Herkimer county, New York, and was born July 20, 1852, a son of Almond A. and Caroline (Schermerhorn) Brayton.

In 1860, being then eight years of age, Merrill J. Brayton removed with his parents to Deerfield, Oneida county, New York. He received his preliminary education in Fairfield Seminary and at the Clinton Liberal Institute. After leaving the last named institution he entered the law office of Hon. J. Thomas Spriggs and later continued the study of law under D. E. Pomeroy, of Utica. In 1875 he was admitted to the bar and practiced from 1876 to 1881 as a member of the law firm of Pomeroy & Brayton. The firm was dissolved in 1881 and during the next two years Mr. Brayton practiced alone. He served as deputy clerk of Oneida county in 1883, 1884 and 1885 and discharged his duties with such fidelity that he was elected clerk of the county and filled that office in 1886, 1887 and 1888. In 1889 he became secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Utica Electric Light Company and for sixteen years had charge of the business of this company and that of its successors. He is now secretary of the Utica Gas & Electric Company and its subsidiary concerns. Being a man of wide business capacity and prompt and energetic in all his dealings, he has not only promoted wisely the affairs of the organizations with which he has been connected but has also accumulated a competency on his own account. He is a veteran member of the Utica Citizens Corps and prior to the reorganization of the National Guard was for several years inspector of rifle practice of the Twenty sixth Battalion with the rank of captain.

On the 30th of January, 1884, Mr. Brayton was happily married to Miss Cora B. Johnson, a daughter of James A. and Catherine Johnson, of Ilion. Mr. Brayton is a prominent worker in the Masonic order and holds membership in Oriental Lodge, No. 224, A. F. & A. M., and Utica Commandery, No. 3, K. T. He is also identified with the Yahnundahsis Golf, the Fort Schuyler and the Royal Arcanum Clubs. He has taken the interest of a patriotic citizen in public affairs and his services in behalf of the city, county and state bave proven of distinct benefit to the general welfare. Mr. Brayton was elected republican state committeeman for the twenty seventh congressional district of the state of New York, in the fall of 1910, and is now acting in that capacity. It may be truly said of Mr. Brayton that he is a self respecting and respected citizen and that he has contributed in a marked degree to the permanent prosperity of Utica.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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