Biography of William M. French
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A residence covering a period of over eighty years has enabled William Morgan French to witness many changes in Oneida county, especially New Hartford where the greater part of his life has been spent and where he was born on the 1st of December, 1829. His parents were John and Almira (Gilmore) French, the father also a native of New Hartford and the mother of New York city.

The first sixteen years of his life William Morgan French passed under the parental roof in his village, acquiring education in the public school. After laying aside his text books he went to Utica where he obtained employment in George Tracy's book store. He remained there for five years, at the expiration of which period he became associated with H. H. Roberts in the general book business in Utica. In 1857 Mr. French returned to New Hartford and engaged in agricultural pursuits with which he continued to be identified until the opening of the Civil war, when he went to Washington, to be employed in the quartermaster's office during all of the period of hostilities. Mr. French, who is now living in merited retirement, was during the latter years of his business activity engaged in the canning business, having been superintendent of several factories in various parts of the country.

On the 1st of June, 1854, at the age of twenty five years, Mr. French was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Randall Palmer, also of New Hartford, and a grandd&ughter of Thomas R. and Ruth (Thomas) Palmer. They were the parents of two sons, William Storm and George Babcock.

Mr. French and his family are Presbyterians. Politically he is a republican and has always been quite active in civic affairs, was justice of the peace for twenty five years and secretary of the republican county committee for ten; he also served at one time as clerk of the board of supervisors. Although he has now retired from all public activities he still takes a keen interest in the affairs of the community with which he has been so closely identified for the greater part of a century, during which time he has contributed his quota toward its development and upbuilding.

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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