Biography of The Hon. John Foley
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

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Foley, Hon. John, was born in County Waterford, Ireland, about 1848, and came to America in 1852. He was educated in the public schools of Saratoga and at Prof. A. J. Robb's Academy, and early determined upon law as his life profession. In pursuance of this decision he entered the law office of Hon. L. B. Pike, and in due time was admitted to the bar, and has continued to practice ever since. He held various village and town offices. He was a member of the Board of Education of Saratoga for nine years, the last three of which he was president. He took a deep interest in the schools and devoted much time and labor to their advancement. He was elected dIstrict attorney of Saratoga county in 1883 and served out his term. He was renominated for the same office in 1886 but declined the honor. He was tendered the Democratic nomination for Congress the same year but he refused to run. In 1887 he was elected State senator for the then Eighteenth district, compris. ing the counties of Saratoga, Schenectady, Montgomery, Fulton and Hamilton. During his term he was a member of various committees, among them being judiciary, villages and taxation. He was urged to accept a renomination in 1889, but could not be induced to make the canvass. In 1893 Mr. Foley was appointed by Governor Flower chief executive officer of New York State at the World's Fair in Chicago to succeed Senator Donald McNaughton, deceased. He was a member of the Democratic State Committee for several years; a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1892, and was frequently a delegate to State, cougressional, senatorial and county conventions. Mr. Foley is president of the Citizens' National Bank of Saratoga Springs, a prosperous institution.


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