SELAH E. STRONG, ex sheriff of Orange County, was born at the Strong homestead, "Maple Hurst," in
the town of Blooming Grove in 1843, and it was here his death occurred, July, 1905. The ancestry of the Strongs
in America dates back to John Strong, who came from England in 1629 and settled in eastern Massachusetts. Major
Nathaniel Strong, who figured prominently in the early history of Orange County, was shot October 6, 1778, by Claudius
Smith at the homestead door in Blooming Grove. He was the great great grandfather of the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Strong was educated at the schools of his native place and engaged in farming as an occupation. At the age
of twenty one he was elected highway commissioner, occupying that position twelve years. In 1876 he was elected
a member of the board of supervisors, holding the office six years. From 1878 to 1884 he was postmaster, receiving
the appointment from President Hayes. In 1897 the people of Orange County, in recognition of his worth and ability,
elected him to the office of sheriff, where he administered his duties in such a business like and careful manner
as to win hearty commendation from the citizens of Orange County. In 1873 Mr. Strong was united in marriage to
Miss Stella K. Hetzel, of Florida, a descendant of an old Revolutionary family. Two children were born to them,
H. Sherwood, who is engaged in business in New York City, and Edith, now Mrs. A. J. Norton, of Saugerties, N. Y.
Mrs. Strong continues to reside at the homestead, which has sheltered seven generations of this sterling family.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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