Biography of George W. Blodget
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

D-Descriptive guide of the battlefield of Saratoga

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Blodget, George W., chief of police, Saratoga Springs, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., September 26, 1847, and has been a resident of this county since 1850 and of Saratoga Springs since 1859. He received a liberal public school education, and in 1863, when but fourteen years of age, he showed not only his patriotism, but also the sterling stuff of which he was made, by enlisting in the Sixteenth New York Heavy Artillery. At general muster, however, he was discharged on account of his youth, but in 1864, when the cruelties of war had become fireside love, undeterred by prospect, he again enlisted, this time in the Sixty.fourth New York Infantry, Company B, serving until the close of the war, and was honorably discharged in 1865. In January of the following year (1866) he enlisted in the Twenty-fifth Regiment, United States Regulars,' and saw three years of service with them, having been promoted to sergeant, and received his honorable discharge January28, 1869, at Paducah, Ky. He then returned to his home in Saratoga Springs and learned the carpenter's trade with his father. This occupation he pursued until 1878, when, being elected constable, he gave all his attention to the duties of his office, and after serving as constable for some time he was appointed deputy sheriff, which office he held until appointed chief of police in 1886. During the twelve years of service, already accomplished, Chief Blodget has proved himself both an able and wise officer, and Saratoga Springs has benefited accordingly. He brings to the discharge of his duties, not only the keen sense of the officer, but also the broad intelligence of an able man and so efficient is the force under his direction, that in the "seasons" when the population of the village is vastly increased,there is not the slightest difference in the public order that uniformly prevails. Chief Blodget is a member of several organizations, among them being Rising Sun Lodge, No. 103, F. & A. M.; Rising Sun Chapter, No. 131, R. A. M.; Cryptic Council, No. 37, R. & S. M.; Washington Commandery, No. 33, K. T.; Oriental Temple, N. M. S.; the Odd Fellows, the A. O. U. W., and McKean Post, G. A. R. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church. In 1878 Chief Blodget married Ruey Howe, daughter of Page and Lucy Howe. His parents were Ambrose and Eliza J. (Milliman) Biodget.


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