Biography of John D. Colby
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Colby, John D., was born in Troy, N. Y., August 3, 1864. His father, the Hon. John H. Colby, was a prominent lawyer of Troy and was district attorney of the county. He was the author of Colby on Criminal Laws, Colby on New York Railroad Laws, Colby on Surplus Money arising from Mortgage Foreclosure. He died in January, 1885. His mother is Ellen (Desmond) Colby, of Troy. John D. was educated at the public schools and graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the class of 1884 and was in the department of public works in New York for a time, working on the Croton aqueduct. He returned to Troy and was transitman and engineer in charge of the public improvements commission. He belongs to the senior company of the Troy Citizens Corps, and is a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity of the R. P. I., and is vice president of the Foote-Thorne Glass Company of New York city.

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


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