Biography of Hon. Rufus Sweet
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Sweet, Hon. Rufus, born in Stephentovm, January 22, 1833, is the son of Rufus and Mary (Shaw) Sweet, both natives of Stephentown. The grandfather, Elnathan Sweet, came from Connecticut to Stephentown on horseback in pioneer days. He married Miss Rodgers, a daughter of one of the early settlers of Stephentown. The Sweet family are of English and Scotch descent. The parents of Mary Shaw were Anthony and Dianah (Smith) Shaw, who were early settlers of Stephentown, coming from Rhode Island. The father of Rufus during his early life was engaged in various occupations, but in his latter days followed farming. He was justice and town clerk and collector twenty one years in succession. He died in April, 1860. Mrs. Sweet died August 27, 1856. Rufus was educated in the common and select schools in Stephentown and when quite young took charge of the home farm on which he has always resided. He owns the homestead of 190 acres to which he has added 125 acres. In 1857 Mr. Sweet married Eunice M.. daughter of Malatkin and Eliza C. (Smith) Bently of Hancock, Mass. To Mr. and Mrs. Sweet have been born three children: George B., farmer of Hancock, Mass., Mary E., Carrie, a teacher in Virginia. Mr. Sweet has been ten years supervisor of Stephentown, railroad commissioner several years, and member of the Assembly from 1882 to 1883. June 14, 1893, he was appointed superintendent of the poor of the county and in the following fall was elected to the same office by a majority of 7,121. He is a member of Amity Lodge, F. & A. M., also of the I. O. O. F.

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


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