Biography of Danforth Geer
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Geer, Danforth, one of the leading citizens of Hoosick Fails, is the second son of A. C. Geer, a prominent business man of this locality, who for years was the central figure of the Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Co. He was a native of Glens Falls educated at Burr Seminary, Manchester, Vt.; also a graduate of Union College in 1840. As a lawyer he became a partner of Judge Olin of Troy, which relations continued for ten years. For five years he was collector of internal revenue with office at Troy, thence here in 1867 as secretary of the Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Co, remaining until 1885 His wife was Helen Augusta Dan forth, of an old and prominent family of Williamstown, Mass. She was a woman of high intellectual attainments, and was vice president of the Daughters of the American Revolution. There are but two children living; Walter Geer of New York, the elder son, is now president of the New York Architectural Terra Cotta Co. and Danforth, who was born at Williamstown, in 1859, and was graduated at Williams College in the class of '79. He at once became a member of the firm, with which his father had been so long connected as assistant secretary; also one of the trustees of the institution. He was the organizer of the Hoosick Club, of which he has been president since its organization. In politics he is an ardent Republican; trustee of the village and president of the Board of Trade. He was united in marriage in 1887 to Amy Gay, daughter of William Gay. Three children are the issue of this union.

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


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