Biography of John L. Bentley
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Bentley, John L., was born in Elmira, September 24, 1829, a son of Darius, a native of Rensselaer county, who came to Chemung in 1814, and owned a large tract in what was then a part of Elmira. He was prominent in town and county affairs, and was known as Judge Bentley. He died at the age of ninety four. Of his six surviving children John L., the third son, was educated in the public schools and by private teachers, and his first occuption was on a farm. His father was a surveyor, and John did considerable work in that line of business. He was one of the civil engineers of the Canandaigua and Niagara Railroad at the age of twenty five. He then engaged in railroading, and for seventeen years was conductor on the western division of the N. Y., L. E. & W. R. R. In 1873 he formed a partnership with George Griswold, which lasted a year, and in 1874 the store was burned, and afterwards our subject continued the business alone. Mr. Griswold rebuilt, and Mr. Bentley moved into his store, which he conducted until 1875, then sold out to Mr. Griswold, and bought the store of Seymour & Davis, and in 1888 removed to his present location, 91 Main Street, conducting a grocery and crockery store. He served as alderman for five years, and also as assessor, and was city engineer for two years. For thirty years he has been a prominent Mason, and has passed the chairs of the Blue Lodge, Council and Commandery. In 1855 he married Jane Shute, of Horseheads, and their children are Edward S., a clerk, and Harry S., a partner in the business.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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