Scriven, Clinton W., was born in the town of Grafton, N.Y., July 16, 1870, is a son of John H. and Pamelia J.
(Ives) Scriven, his father having been born in the same town, September 13, 1840, and his mother in the town of
Poestenkill, N. Y., July 15, 1843. He was reared in the town of his nativity and educated in the public schools
and the Troy Business College. For the past eight years he has been bookkeeper of the J. A. Scriven Company's Shirt
Factory of Grafton. He is a Republican in politics, and was elected justice of the peace in the spring of 1894.
He has for several years been a member of the Rensselaer County Republican Committee, and was a delegate to the
State Conveutions of 1893, 1895 and 1896. Mi. Scriven is leader of the Grafton Centre Cornet Band, and a writer
and publisher of band music. Numbered among his compositions are the Town Talk Polka," "Argo Schottische,"
and overture "Grand Central." His father, John H. Scriven, was at onetime a merchant and a manufacturer
of shirts. He was a Republican and was postmaster of Grafton for eight years. He was in partnership with his brother,
J. A. Scriven of New York city, at the time of his death, August 19, 1886. The grandfather of the subject of this
sketch was Caleb W. Scriven, who was born in Grafton April 5, 1805, and he was a son of James Scriven, also born
in the same town. His wife was Mercy Scriven, who was born in Grafton September 2, 1811, she being a daughter of
John Scriven, who was also born in Grafton. As a result of this union thirteen children were born, eleven of whom
grew to maturity. He spent most of his life in Grafton, where he was a hotel keeper, merchant, and engaged in the
manufacture of shirts. He brought the first sewing machine into Grafton. He was supervisor of the town three years,
which office he held at the time of his death, which occurred July 27, 1868. His widow is living and quite hearty
and strong as the ripe old age of eighty five years.
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897
Rensselaer County, NY
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