Biography of William C. Geer
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Geer, William Clarke, was born in Orange, N. J., September 29, 1359. His father, George S. Geer, was born in Troy. Through the influence of John A. Griswold he secured an appointment on the Monitor and remained with that vessel until she was lost off Cape Hatteras. He was in the United States navy until the close of the war, when he was engaged as engineer on a steamship running between New York and Brazil, and came to Troy in 1870 and was for some time engaged in the paving and stone business. He was a charity commissioner two terms and was a member of Post Griswold, G. A. R., and at the time of his death, which occurred in 1893, he had charge of the Bradley Fertilizer Works at Charleston, S. C., at which place he died. His mother was Martha Clarke (Hamilton) Geer of New York city; she came from an old Quaker family; she now resides in Troy. William received his education in the public and high schools of Troy and entered the real estate and insurance office of Gilbert Geer, jr., as clerk. In 1880 he was admitted to the business, the firm taking the name of Gilbert, Geer, jr., & Co., which is the oldest insurance firm in Troy. He is secretary and treasurer of the Wynantskill Knitting Mill, vice president of the Harvester Fertilizer Company, director in the Boutwell Milling and Grain Company, trustee and secretary of the First Baptist church and has been civil service examiner for a number of years. He married Kate Everingham, daughter of Richard Everingham, who was for some years connected with the Burden Iron Company store. He has one daughter.

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


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