Biography of P. S. Dudley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Dudley, P. S., was born in Newfield, May 2, 1824. George Dudley, his father, was born in the town of Ithaca, and was a son of William, who went from Wales to Bristol, England, then to this country, he being a blacksmith and farmer. George Dudley left home when a boy and became a merchant, locating in this town. He married Fannie, daughter of Ira Smith, of Ulysses, and they had six children. Of these our subject was the second. His occupation until he was twenty four was farming. At the age of eighteen he lost his father, and the working of the homestead devolved upon him. He worked this five years, then went as a clerk, and later bought the business and the lower mills, running the store from 1848 to 1859. Selling the store he bought the upper mills and operated both mills for twenty years, and then disposed of them. He then invested in North Dakota lands, and is also owner of a block of buildings in Newfield. His education was acquired in the common schools. He married first, in 1850, Catharine J. Puff, by whom he had two children, the daughter dying in infancy, the son, George F., being a physician and a graduate of Cornell in 1873. Our subject is a Mason, a member of king Hiram Lodge No. 784, and has held the office of supervisor of his town in 1856, being reelected in 1860. In politics he is a Republican.

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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