Biography of George W. Bedell
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Bedell, George W., was born at Marcellus, January 26. 1813, and was the son of John and Polly Bedell. Norman Bedell, one of the children in the family, was an early resident in this region, and one of the organizers of the village of Albion. He came here in 1821 and started a furnace opposite the present Bordwell block, and later was one of the firm of "Bedell & Berry," stove founders of Albion. George W. Bedell first came to Albion in 1831 and finished learning the hat making trade with Hiram Sickles, whom he succeeded in business. He was unfortunate. however, and afterward worked for Deacon Goodrich, cutting and selling hats and caps. He continued in this employment until 1850 when he was appointed collector of canal tolls at Albion, holding that position two years. In 1847 Mr. Bedell was elected superintendent of the poor for the county and served three years. In 1854 he was appointed P. M. of the Assembly, and the following year sergeant at arms and P. M. of the Senate. In 1856 he was nominated and elected sheriff of Orleans county. At the outbreak of the war he went to Washington and was appointed special inspector of customs at Suspension Bridge, serving until 1863. During the period of drafts be was appointed provost marshal, but resigned and was appointed inspector for Monroe and Niagara couuties. Mr. Bedell was also at one time special agent for the treasury department. In 1834 he married Betsey Townsend, of Attica, and to them one child was born, Copeland Townsend Bedell. In politics, Mr. Bedell is a Republican, and in religion, a Methodist. Mrs. Bedell died in A.lbion in 1891. Copeland Bedell was born May 14, 1846, and with the exception of one year in Buffalo, has always been in business in Albion. In 1893 he bought the Main Street bakery and is now its proprietor. In 1891 Mr. Bedell married Pruella E. Helligass. They have one child.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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