Biography of Joseph Buckley
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Buckley, Joseph, in his eventful political life has been a faithful servant of his townsmen, and in an official capacity he has won for himself an enviable record. He was elected justice of the peace in 1871 and held the office until he resigned, and for years was trustee of the Hoosick Falls Union Free School until his resignation to accept the supervisorship to which he was re-elected. He has filled the presidential chair of the village and served as village treasurer again and again. The Democratic party may point with pride to so able a member. He was born in Ireland in 1846 of parents in humble circumstances, who came to Troy when Joseph was but six years old. At an early age he was apprenticed to O. G. Clark, a builder. When but twenty years of age he secured a contract for the building of a large cotton mill in Vermont. He came to Hoosick Falls in 1869, where he became the most active and successful builder and contractor of his day, as the very many public buildings here and in other places will attest. Among other buildings erected by him are the St. Mary's Catholic church here, the Walter A. Wood Works after being destroyed by fire, the Catholic church at North Adams, the Congregational church at Bennington, and a Catholic church at Williamstown, Mass. In 1876 he entered in the business of grocer and coal dealer on Elm street where he still remains. He married Margaret Clifford of West Troy and has two sons: Joseph, jr., associated with his father since 1895; and William, a student.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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