JOHN G. SEARS, born December 16, 1858, at Dryden, Tompkins county, N. Y., a son of Hiram W. and Rowena Sears,
came to Owego in January, 1878. Mr. Sears received his early education in the public schools of Dryden and had
entered a preparatory school for college at Ithaca, N. Y., when upon the death of his grandfather, John Southworth,
in 1878, he came to Owego and studied law in the office of George Sidney Camp. He was admitted to the bar in 1880
and soon became one of the prominent and successful practitioners of Tioga county. He continued his practice in
Owego, once in partnership with ex Judge David Easton and also with Martin S. Lynch, until 1892, when he went to
Denver, Col., for his health, though he continues to make this village his home. In 1885, Mr. Sears was elected
district attorney for Tioga county, and enjoys the distinction of having been the only democrat to hold that office.
He was nominated for a second term by his party, and, while he ran one thousand votes ahead of his ticket, was
not reelected. Ever since his residence in Tioga county, Mr. Sears has taken an active and prominent part in politics.
His scope was not confined to local affairs alone, but he was for many years a leader of the democratic party in
this portion of New York. He was a delegate to the national democratic convention at Chicago in 1884, serving as
secretary of the New York delegation. In 1888 he was on the electoral ticket of New York state. Mr. Sears had always
been a democrat of the old Jeffersonian school until 1896 when he announced himself a supporter of Wm. E. McKinley,
the republican candidate for president, as against the radical departure of the democratic party and candidate
from the old party lines. On April 7, 1880, Mr. Sears was married with Catharine Gallagher, a daughter of Wffliam
and Dryden B. Gallagher, of Owego. Mr. and Mrs. Sears have two children; Rowena S., born February 2, 1883, and
John Gregory, born June 16, 1886.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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