Biography of George H. Sweet
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Sweet, George Hazelton, Potsdam, son of Beriah, was born in Nicholville, November 17, 1837. The mother of our subject was Hannah T. Stevens, and he is descended on both sides from Vermont people. His early life was spent in Nicholville. He spent 1857-58 at Franklin Academy at Malone, preparing for college. He entered Middlebury College, Vermont, and spent four years, graduating with the degree of A. B., June 1862. Three years later he was granted the degree of A. M. On leaving school Mr. Sweet came to Potsdam. He taught Latin and Greek in the St. Lawrence Academy part of the time, and read law in the office of Dart & Tappan. He spent one year at Albany Law School, graduating in 1865, but did not follow the profession. In 1866 he became principal of the St. Lawrence Academy, which position he held until it was supplanted by the State Normal School. He was then employed as vice principal and teacher of Latin and Greek, and remained in the Normal in that position until the fall of 1872. He then bought a half interest in the Courier and Freeman, acting as editor of that journal until 1880. He had been admitted to the bar upon his graduation from the Albany Law School in 1865. In 1881 he was the private secretary of Gen. E. A. Merritt, while he was collector of the port of New York. Mr. Sweet married, August 30, 1870. Sarah J., daughter of H. B. Gilbert of East Troy, Wisconsin, Mrs. Sweet at that time being a teacher in the State Normal School. They have one son, George Gilbert, a student in the Normal School.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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