Biography of George W. Babcock
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Babcock, George W., was born in Owego, Tioga county, April 1, 1829, a son of Samuel, who came from the vicinity of Lake George about 1815. He had six children who reached adult age, of whom our subject was the second. The latter was educated in the public schools, and at the age of seventeen was apprenticed to a carriage maker, which trade he learned and carried on business for himself for a year before reaching his majority. He followed his trade till March 12, 1852, when he entered the employ of the Erie Railroad Company as car builder, locating at Elmira. He remained with the company for twenty two years, occupying positions of responsibility. August 4, 1875, he engaged with the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company to take charge of their shops for car building, wrecking, etc. Fifty men are employed in the shops under Mr. Babcock, and forty four are on the road. In all his experience in railroading he has never had an accident to one of his men. He is a Republican and was the first alderman from the First Ward when Ithaca was made a city, serving two years. He was also alderman in Owego three terms. He is a Mason of De Maly Commandery of Hornellsville. In 1848 Mr. Babcock married Angeline Searles, of Owego, by whom he has one son and one daughter.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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