Biography of Hon. Francis N. Mann, Jr.
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Mann, jr., Hon. Francis N., was born in Troy, N. Y., August 2, 1849. On the paternal side he is a descendant of Richard Mann, who came from Europe previous to the year 1644 and lived in Scituate, Mass. Thomas Hooker, on the maternal side, was the founder of the City of Hartford, Conn., and a very prominent man in New England. His father, Francis N. Mann, was born in Milton, Saratoga county, N. Y., June 19, 1802. He was a lawyer and moved to Troy in 1828. He was judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and had held the offices of alderman, supervisor, and mayor of Troy in 1847, 1848 and 1849. He was a director in the Mutual Bank, a trustee of the Troy Orphan Asylum, and a senior warden of St. John's Episcopal church; he died February 8, 1880. His mother, Jane (Hooker) Mann, was born in Hampton, Washington county, N. Y., and died July 28, 1875. The subject of this sketch was educated at the Troy Academy and entered Mr. Harrington's Preparatory School in Westchester county to prepare for college. fle entered Yale in 1866, and was graduated in 1870. He was graduated from the Albany Law School in 1872, and admitted to the bar. He is a real estate dealer. He was elected alderman and served from March 2, 1873, to 1877 inclusive; was elected to the Assembly of the State of New York in 1879 as the candidate of the Republican party; was on the staff of Governor Cornell from 1880 to 1883. as aid-de-camp. In 1890 he was a candidate for mayor, but was defeated. He was appointed quartermaster with rank of lieutenant colonel, November 1, 1873, and was later promoted to judge advocate with rank of colonel and served until 1880. He is one of the original members of the Troy Citizens Corps, and has been its president from the beginning. He was appointed in 1895 one of the managers of the State Hospital at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He is vice president of the Mutual Bank, trustee of the Troy Savings Bank, vicepresident of Troy City Railroad, trustee of Troy Academy, Emma Willard School, Troy Orphan Asylum, Marshall Infirmary and Bible and Prayer Book Society of the diocese of Albany, and is also provisional deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and vestryman of St. John's Episcopal church. He married Jessie M. Patchin of Troy, January 9, 1878, who is the daughter of Thadden W. Patchin, who was an old resident of Troy. They have six children. Her grandfather was Judge George R. Davis, who was speaker of the House of Representatives of New York State two years.

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


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