Biography of Prof. Ezra J. Peck
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





PROF. EZRA J. PECK, principal of Owego academy, was born December 19, 1830; at Seneca Castle, Ontario county, N. Y., a son of Dr. Enoch and Julitta A. (Jones) Peck. Professor Peck is a graduate of the public schools of Phelps, N. Y., and of Williams college, in Massachusetts, of the class of '51. He began his career as an instructor in the district schools of Cayuga county, N. Y., near Auburn. He was two years a teacher in the Springside school for boys, near Auburn, until 1856, when he went to live on the old homestead in Ontario county, where he remained two years. He then became principal of the Union and Classical schools at Phelps, N. Y., and remained there until the war when he enlisted in the Eighth New York Cavalry as first lieutenant in Troop D. After serving a year, Lieutenant Peck was prostrated by a fever and obliged to resign. his commission. He returned home where he remained an invalid for a year. A short time later Prof. Peck resumed his position as principal of the Phelps schools where he remained until 1869 when he was elected school commissioner of the first district of Ontario county. On the expiration of his term of office he became associate principal of Canandaigua academy, where he remained for two years. In 1874 he became principal of Homer academy in Cortland county, N. Y., where he remained until 1886, when he became principal of the Owego academy, his present position, making a total of thirty five years as an instructor of classics in public and private schools. On March 31, 1856, Prof. Peck married Annie L. Bartlett, born July 31, 1830, a daughter of Dr. John and Ann (Lingan) Bartlett, of Hartford, Conn. They have five daughters and one son, all living. Professor Peck is a mason, a knight templar and G. A. R. man. Both professor and Mrs. Peck are members of the Presbyterian church.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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