Biography of James W. Donnelly
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Donnelly, James W., was born in Ireland and received a good education, in fact so good that at the early age of sixteen he passed the necessary examinations, obtaining a teachers' certificate, and for about three years taught in the national schools of his native country, and in 1865 went to London, where he remained four years, being a member of the firm of Clayton, Quinn & Co., contractors and builders. In 1869 he came to America and settled in Troy, where he first engaged in the retail stationery business on King street with James Doud, tnder the firm name of Doud & Donnelly. In 1870 he sold his interest to Mr. Doud and became bookkeeper and manager for Thomas H. O'Brien, wholesale wine and liquor dealer at 458 River street. Mr. O'Brien retired in 1871 and Mr. Donnelly succeeded to the business, becoming associated with his brother, Thomas J., under the firm name of Donnelly Brothers, which firm name has since been retained. In May, 1893, Thomas J. Donnelly withhrew and since then James W. has been the sole owner of both the business and the building in which the business is conducted, the latter being purchased by the firm in 1879. Mr. Donnelly makes a specialty of a French wine for altar and sacramental uses, for which he has been sole agent for the United States and Canada since 1877, having sub-agencies in Kingston, Ontario; Columbus, Ohio; and Dubuqte, Iowa. This wine is made expressly for sacramental use. He is a director in the Manufacttrers' National Bank, a member of the Robert Emmett Association, and has been bass singer in St. Peter's chtrch continuously since 1869,

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


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