Biography of George W. Bonney
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Bonney, George W., Potsdam, was born in Hadley, Mass., November 23, 1825. His father was Oliver Bonney, a native of Hanover, Mass. George W. received an academic education, and at the age of about tsventy went to New York to study painting. He became an artist of considerable repute. In beginning his work as a painter he first spent three weeks at Northampton, Mass., with an artist by the name of Billings, and then painted an excellent portrait of his mother, which is the original of all the pictures of her now in the possession of the family. He spent three seasons painting in the Southern States, and in 1849 removed to Vermont, where he followed his profession till 1853. He then removed to Potsdam, and there did some painting and also conducted a hoot and shoe business. After a few years he sold the latter and engaged in the clothing trade, which he condncted but a short time. Early in the sixties he established a market for the wholesale dealing in oil (the business now known as the Standard Oil Co.), and continued in this until his death April 9, 1887. He married in 1851 Helen S., daughter of Horace Wilcox, of Pawlet, Vt., and they had two children: Arthur L., cashier of the Standard Oil Company's station at Potsdam, and Mrs. Frank P. Matthews.

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