Biography of William Duff
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Duff, William, Potsdam, was born in Watertown, Jefferson county, May 15, 1823, a son of William Duff of Scotch Irish extraction. The maternal ancestors were of the family of MacMasters., and the Baird family also are relatives, Captain M. Baird, marine adjuster, being a cousin of our subject. The first occupation of the latter was as a farmer being then only a lad. When sixteen years of age he went into the tannery of Jason Fairbanks, Watertown, N. Y., under whom he learned the tanner's trade. He spent four years with Fairbanks and followed the trade in different places ever since. He was at one time superintendent for E. R. Swasey & Co., tannery, for several years and was engaged in business in Copenhagen two years and in Antwerp. Duff & Fuller conducted a tannery two years. He was at the Ox Bow alone two years and in 1857 came to Potsdam, where a history of his business interests are found in another chapter. Mr. Duff has always been an active Republican, and has held the office of village trustee for a number of terms, Mr. Duff has for fourteen years been interested in Thousand Island Park, was trustee and director, and has been chairman of the Executive Committee which has the whole management. He has a beautiful cottage at the park where he and his family spend the summer months. Mr. Duff married in 1849 Henrietta Stimson of Antwerp, Jefferson county, daughter of Deacon Jeremy Stimson of that town, and they have two daughters. The death of Mrs. Duff occnrred January 18, 1893.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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