Biography of W. R. Givens
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Givens, W. R. was born in the town of Dryden, April 15, 1891. His father, Col. Chas. Givens, came from Orange county, to the town of Dryden when he was six years of age and took a prominent part in the affairs of his town, being supervisor and holding other offices all his life, until he was obliged to decline the nominations ten dered him. Our subject was educated in common schools and finished at the old Ithaca Academy, after leaving which he taught school for twelve years, working on his farm summers. In 1862 he bought the Fortner place of 150 acres; in 1865 he bought the Wm. Trapp property of fifty eight acres and part of the Scofield property, and part of the Allen property, all of which adjoins. At the age of twenty seven he was married to Nancy Lamont, daughter of Archibald Lamont, of the Isle of Bute, Scotland, and they are the parents of four children, three of whom are living, two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Smith, of Ithaca, and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, of Dryden, and son Archibald, who is now living at home. He takes the Republican side in politics and has held various offices in his town, and has freely supported school and church matters. Our subject is one of the leading men in his town where he is recognized as a substantial and conscientious citizen.

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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