Biography of Capt. O. J. Jennings
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Jennings, Capt. O. J., was born in Fulton village November 4, 1837. His father, Z. P. Jennings, a descendant of old New England stock, came here from Berkshire county, Mass. His business was manufacturing wooden ware. He died in 1856, aged fifty four years. Our subject, the younger of two sons, had only the advantage in education of the public schools of Fulton, together with several winters study with the late Rev. T. M. Bishop. He engaged before his majority in the retail drug business in Fulton. When the first call for volunteers was made by President Lincoln, Jennings personally formulated a muster roll and affixed thereto his signature, the first volunteer soldier of Oswego county; he went to the front as captain of Co. E, 24th N. Y. Vols., and although severely wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run, maintained his position till the suspension of hostilities. In 1863 he married Adelaide A. McCrea, and has one daughter. Mr. Jennings was appointed town clerk of the town of Volney to fill vacancy when twenty years of age, and was the following year elected as a Republican to the same office; from 1880 to 1883 he was superintendent of the Oswego Canal. At times he has been extensively engaged in the dredging business together with general contracting work on the great lakes. In politics he is a Republican.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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