Biography of George H. Ennis
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Ennis, George H., was born in Albany, N. Y., October 14, 1844. He is the son of William Ennis, who was born in Troy and for many years was an inventor in New York city, and died in 1880. His mother's name was Elizabeth Roderick of Albany, now dead many years. His grandmother's name was Esther Orr, a sister of Alexander, William and David Orr, of Albany atfd Troy, who died a few years ago at an advanced age. George H. received his education in public schools and entered the College of the City of New York, and was afterwards a bookkeeper for Rufus Hatch on Wall street. He later came to Troy and entered the employ of Orrs & Co. where he remained until 1883, when he entered the firm of McLeod, Reardon & Co., afterwards Reardon & Ennis, and the concern was incorporated and name changed to the Troy Sheet Metal Co. He was president of the Crown Horse Nail Co., which closed business in 1893, and he is an inventor among other things of a hat felting machine, paper engine, ventilator and power ventilation system, high tension dynamic electro motors; several inventions for household uses, as round dust pan, ventilated dinner pail, ice cream freezers, gas engines, &c. He is an associate member of the Rensselaer Society of Engineers and one of the managers of the Troy Scientific Association, and served in the N. Y. National Guard, 22d Regt., and was in the Gettysburg Campaign. He is P. C. of Post Griswold G. A. R., and belongs to Apollo Lodge, F. & A. M. Was secretary of Electric Manufacturing Co., mantifacturers of electric instruments; also secretary of Rollason Gas Engine Co.; was also president of Master Builders' Exchange of Troy. He was married to Jessie Ferguson in 1872. She was a graduate of the Willard Seminary. They have one son and a daughter.

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


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