Biography of Hon. John W. Manley
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HON. JOHN W. MANLEY.
The intricate and involved problems of politics claim a portion of the time and thought of Hon. John W. Manley, who is now serving as assemblyman from the first Oneida district, his term in office to continue from 1909 until 1912. His record in large measure stands in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country, for in a community where he has spent his entire life, Mr. Manley has been accorded recognition of his worth and ability and has been honored with office in various connections. He was born in Whitestown, Oneida county, March 13, 1845, and is a son of Thomas and Catherine (Kilcannon) Manley, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father was born on the Emerald isle in 1811, and in 1832 came to Oneida county, where he engaged in farming. After some time he was made foreman in the Clark mills, which position he occupied for a number of years. In 1860 he removed to Florence, where he spent his declining days and at length passed away.

John W. Manley, after acquiring such an education as was afforded farmer's boys at Whitestown, at those times, became an employe of the Malleable Iron Works of Westmoreland, where he remained for a number of years, gaining comprehensive knowledge of the business. He was afterward employed for five years by the Remington Arms Company, at Ilion, New York, and then returned to Utica, where he spent several years in the employ of Hart & Munson. He was next appointed freight agent at Water street by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company, which position he filled for a quarter of a century. Later he was appointed superintendent of section 5, of the Erie Canal, which office he held for five years, and in 1895 he was named clerk to the board of charities, in which position he remained for three years, when there was a change in administration and he resigned. His life has been one of activity and usefulness and his labors have been exerted in various fields. In 1909 he was elected assemblyman and is still a member of the state legislature. He informs himself thoroughly upon all vital questions which come up for discussion and never holds to an equivocal position but fearlessly announces the cause which he espouses, laboring untiringly for its development. He is today one of the best known men in the county, having for twenty five years or more been prominent as a political leader in democratic ranks. During that period he has continuously attended the different party conventions and was chairman of the district committee for ten years. He has been a resident of the eleventh ward of Utica for forty years, being the first voter to settle in that ward and through the entire period he has resided in the same house.

Mr. Manley has been married twice. He wedded Miss Mary Ella Dagin, a daughter of Edward Dagin, of Whitesboro, and their children are as follows: Margaret T., who is now the wife of Nicholas Cullen, of Utica; Harry F., who was educated in the Francis Street and Utica Advanced schools and is now a trained nurse of Cleveland; John E., who in the acquirement of his education attended successively the Francis Street, the Utica Advanced schools and the Utica School of Commerce, was afterward with the Utica Press for twelve years and is now clerk of the canals committee, of which his father is chairman. The wife and mother, Mrs. Ella Manley, died in May, 1884, and was laid to rest in St. Agnes cemetery in Utica. Mr. Manley has since married Miss Margaret T. Donohue, a daughter of John Donohue of Utica.

Mr. Manley has for many years been a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church and for sixteen years has been one of its trustees. He belongs to the Utica Chamber of Commerce, to the Knights of Columbus, the Democratic Association, and for many years was a member of the Knights of Honor. He is very popular with all classes and stands high in public regard. He is ever approachable and genial and displays ready tact at all times whether meeting friend or stranger. He is well qualified for political leadership, because of certain diplomatic qualities which he possesses and moreover, his patriotic loyalty to the public good is well known.

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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