Biography of George T. De Forest
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De Forest, George Thompson, was born in North Greenbush, December 24, 1866; he is a son of De Witt Clinton and Mary Thompson De Forest. The father died in 1891. Mrs. De Forest resides at De Freestville and is seventy two years of age. The father of De Witt was Col. John De Forest, of the war of 1812; his parents were David and Rachael Vanderheyden of Albany; John married Ann Knickerbacker, of Schaghticoke. David settled in De Freestville in 1755, where he died in 1833; he built the De Freestvile Hotel, was a large land owner; was largely instrumental in the organization and building of the Reformed church, giving the ground for both the church and parsonage, and was an elder in the church for a number of years; and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The maternal grandparents of Mr. De Forest were James and Rhoda (Whalen) Thompson; he was born at Stillwater, November 20, 1775, and she was born in 1773; he died December 19, 1845; he was a lawyer by profession and judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1818 to 1833; he was appointed Regent of the University in 1822; he was educated at Stillwater and was graduated from the academy, now Union College, Schenectady, and was admitted to the bar in 1797. The father of James was John Thompson, born in 1748 and died in 1823; he married Frances McFarlane and settled in Stillwater about 1763; he was a farmer and soldier of the Revolutionary war, and was at the battle of Bemis Heights; he was a member of assembly and first judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Saratoga county, and held that position until incapacitated by old age; he was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1801, and was also a member of the sixth, tenth, and thirteenth Congresses. George T. De Forest was educated in Ballston and Union College and made a specialty of civil engineering; he was bridge engineer on the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad, and was with the Phoenix Bridge Company of Pennsylvania. Hem is now at De Freestville managing the farm and business of his mother. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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


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