George Silliman Dana, of Utica, comes of good fighting stock as was shown at the early age of sixteen
years, when he entered the United States navy and manfully assisted in the cause of the Union during the Civil
war. He has for a number of years been secretary and treasurer of the Commercial Travelers Mutual Accident Association
of America, and the marked success of that organization, which is the largest of the kind in the world, is an indication
of his business ability.
He is a native of Utica and was born March 7, 1844, a son of George Strong and Huldah Beech (Wright) Dana. The
father was born in Utica about 1817 and died in 1859. He was the son of James Dana, who settled at Utica in 1796
and, in 1801, started the Dana Wright Company, the oldest hardware store in Utica. George Strong Dana succeeded
his father in the business and also became manager of a factory for making locks, and had an interest in other
concerns. He was a man of fine capacity and died in the midst of a highly useful career.
George Silliman Dana, of this review, received his preliminary education in the public schools and in September,
1861, responding to a sense of duty which impelled thousands of young men to offer their services to their country,
entered the United States navy, in which he continued until December, 1865, being most of the time on blockade
duty. After receiving his honorable discharge he returned home and, in 1867, went to New York city, where he engaged
in the hardware business until 1883. He then returned to Utica and this city has since been his place of residence.
He was one of the first members of the Commercial Travelers Mutual Accident Association of America, which was organized
in 1883, his number being 109, and he was chairman of the finance committee when the first report of the association
was made, three months after the charter was granted. In 1889 he was elected a director of the association and
since 1903 has been its secretary and treasurer. The organization has a reserve fund, including buildmg, of five
hundred and thirty five thousand, one hundred and twenty one dollars, and has paid to members and their families
four million, thirty one thousand, five hundred and seven dollars. Mr. Dana is also identified with many other
important enterprises. He is a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Utica, the Sherman
National Bank of New York city, the Commercial and Financial Chronicle of New York city Sand the Savage Arms Company,
and is also interested in a number of other enterprises.
On the 27th of September, 1883, Mr. Dana was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Morse Wadhams, of Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania.
He was one of the organizers of the Fort Sehuyler Club and served as president of the Utica Chamber of Commerce
for two years. By virtue of his services at the time of the Civil war he is a member of Bacon Post, G. A. R., and
of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. From his early manhood he has been remarkably energetic and efficient
in business and is well known in financial circles of the state. He is a man of good judgment, a faithful and conscientious
adviser, and kind and courteous to all. As the architect of his own fortune he has builded wisely and has assisted
many to a realization of their responsibilities and set a worthy example of fidelity to principle. In religious
faith he is a Presbyterian and has for many years served as an elder and trustee of Westminster church.
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
Oneida County, NY
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