Biography of George J. McDonnell
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McDonnell, George J., was born in Troy, N. Y., May 8, 1868. His father is Francis McDonnell. who for many years with John Ryan carried on an extensive carpet business in Troy, N. Y., and who subsequently became associated with William Cox in the boot and shoe business in this city, under the name of McDonnell & Cox. Mr. McDonnell in September, 1886, entered Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., and graduated from that institution in 1890, receiving the degree of A. B. He taught school for two years at the Amsterdam Academy at Amsterdam, N. Y.; at the same time he studied law with Westbrook, Borst & Perkins of that place; he was admitted to the bar in 1892. He then accepted the position of managing clerk for the law firm of Merritt & Ryan of Troy and continued with that firm until shortly before the death of Mr. Ryan. He then formed a partnership with Henderson Peck under the firm name of Peck & McDonnell. Mr. McDonnell is a memberof the Troy Citizens Corps and the Arba Read Steamer Co. In politics he has always been a Democrat and has made many speeches in the interests of his party.

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


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