Biography of Col. J. C. McNutt
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McNutt, Col. J. G., was born in Amsterdam, N. Y., April 4, 1833. His progenitors in this country came from the North of Ireland not far from 1750. Colonel McNutt attended the common schools, and the knowledge there secured was supplemented byàn academic course. When eighteen years of age he became engaged as an agent for fire insurance, which engagement continued for several years. during which period he found time to pursue the study of law at Warrensburgh, N.Y., with the Hon. D. B. Stockholm. In 1858 he was appointed the general agent for his insurance company for the State of Iowa. On his way to Iowa he stopped at Troy, N. Y., to visit a brother, who was a teacher in that city, and while there his brother died; Colonel McNutt assumed his deceased brother's place in the school and completed the term. His short service as teacher gave such satisfaction to the School Board that he was asked to remain as principal of the school. He settled on Green Island as principal of School No. 1, where he was engaged at the breaking out of the Civil war. He resigned his principalship and recruited a company of men, of which he was elected captain, and which formed a part of the 2d Regiment, N. Y. Vols. He. served in the Department of the Gulf, and was promoted to major and was recommended for colonel and for governor of Florida with the rank of brigadiergeneral. At the close of the war he reentered the insurance business, which he followed for twenty two years, when he took up the prosecution of claims against the government, and has been successful therein. Colonel McNutt has established more than a local reputation as a lecturer upon literary and scientific subjects and in every way merits the high esteem in which he is held.

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


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