Biography of Merritt Hard
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Hard, Merritt, son of Sylvanus and Lucy (Fenn) Hard, was born in Arlington, Vt., June 3, 1811. He is of English descents his great grandfather coming to America with Captain Kidd. Sylvanus was a soldier at Platsburgh in the war of 1812. Merritt Hard came to Yates in 1835 and settled on the farm he now occupies. He followed school teaching more or less until 1853 and was town superintendent of schools many years. For nearly twenty years he was a justice of the peace, and was also a long time merchant in Lyndonville. In 1834 he married Charlotte Canfield, of Vermont, and had three children: Catherine A. (deceased), and Caroline, successively the wives of Martin S. Rice, and Hon. Henry M. His second wife was Laura C. Fenn, of Connecticut. Hon. Henry M. Hard was born in Arlington, Vt., January 31, 1842, and was educated in the Yates and Medina Academies. He was long a merchant in Lyndonville with his father and afterwards alone, and was supervisor of Yates in 1877-78-79 and 1880, being chairman of the board the latter year. In the fall of 1881 he was elected to the Assembly for one year, and was reelected in 1882, and served on the committees of commerce, navigation, internal affairs, trades and manufactures and several others. In February, 1891, he was appointed by President Harrison United States Consul at Clifton, Ontario, Canada, and resigned on account of sickness. He is now president of the Board of Education of the Lyndonville Union Free School. September 1, 1870, he married Kate, daughter of Daniel Clark, and has one son, Edward C., who was born December 1, 1872, and who was graduated from the Rochester University in June, 1894.

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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