Biography of Prof. D. A. Blakeslee
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Blakeslee, Prof. D. A., A.M., was born in Savona, Steuben county, in 1837. He is the son of Lyman Blakeslec, who was born in the Green Mountains of Vermont, moving with his parents to Cortland county in or about the year 1813, thence to Steuben county in 1835, where he engaged in farming, which he followed until advancing age compelled him to retire. He now resides with his daughter, Mrs. R. C. Morgan, of Hornellsville. The boyhood and youth of Professor Blakeslee were spent on his father's farm, attending school in the winter, and, later, teaching. In 1861 he entered Alfred University, where he appeared in a homespun suit of his mother's own work, and he graduated in 1866 with the degree of A.B. Later he was for eight years professor of English in the Normal department of his aima mater, which indicates the confidence and appreciation in which he was held by the faculty and students of that noted school. For thirteen years he was principal of Grammar School No. 2, in Elmira, for five years principal at Wellsville, and he has also held the principalship of the Union School and Free Academy in Addison, which has maintained, under his administration, its high standing among the schools of the county and of this part of the State. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In 1866 he married Miss Lizzie La Force, of Wayne, N. Y. They have one daughter, Julia La Force, also a graduate of Alfred University, who is the wife of Dr. William E. Barron, a well known and popular young physician of Addison. Professor Blakeslee's work has always been of a high order, being characterized by simplicity and thoroughness, and his administration has been firm yet of such a type as to secure the hearty assent of the students, and to develop in them those elements of self direction t.hat grow up into the best manhood and womanhood.

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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