Biography of John G. Dorrance
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Honored and respected by all, there is no man who occupies a more enviable position in the financial circles of Camden, Oneida county, than does John G. Dorranee, now president of the First National Bank of that city, in which position he has been serving continuoñsly since 1876. Previous to that time he had for eleven years been identified with the trade interests of Camden. He was born at Florence, Oneida county, New York, December 17, 1839, a son of Daniel Dorrance. In May, 1876, they formed a partnership for the conduct of a banking business at Camden which they carried on under the firm style of D. G. & J. G. Dorranee until 1880, when the firm was succeeded by the First National Bank of Camden, in which D. G. and J. G. Dorrance were the principal incorporators, holding the majority of the stock. The father, Daniel G. Dorrance, never became a resident of Camden although he was possessed of considerable property interests in the village and was the founder and head of the banking interests there which he carefully supervised until his death, which occurred at Oneida Castle on the 26th of March, 1896.

John G. Dorrance completed his education in Cazenovia Seminary and in 1856 engaged in business at East Troy, Wisconsin, being connected with trade interests at that point until 1865, when he tame to Camden. For eleven years thereafter he carried on merchandising in what was then known as the Trowbridge store which stood on the corner of Main and Mexico streets on the present site of the Dorranee block. He afterward became associated with his father, Daniel G. Dorranee, in establishing a private bank which was conducted under the firm name of D. G. & J. G. Dorrance. This was succeeded in 1880 by the First National Bank of Camden, in which D. G. and J. G. Dorrance were the principal incorporators and stockholders. As the years have passed by the business of the firm has grown and the safe, substantial basis upon which it was founded has ever been maintained. A general banking business is conducted along modern and progressive lines and an efficient corps of assistants is employed so that all business is executed in a prompt and faithful manner.

In February, 1861, Mr. Dorrance was united in marriage to Miss Ellen E. Brown, of Madison county, and unto them were born two children, Daniel J., who is now cashier of the First National; and Mrs. J. C. Davies, wife of Attorney General Davies. The family is prominent socially, the members of the household occupying a notable position in social circles in which they move. Mr. Dorranee has been more or less active in public affairs and his cooperation counts as a valuable asset for the general good. He was appointed commissioner of prisons from the fifth judicial district for a term of five years, his appointment coming to him for Governor Morton in 1895, and later he was reappointed for the full term by Governor Roosevelt. His support of improvements for the town and village is ever expected and never withheld. He is now serving on the village board of water commissioners and has filled other offices in the town and county. No trust reposed in him has ever been betrayed in the slightest degree and his worth as an individual and citizen is widely acknowledged.

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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