Biography of O. H. Gregory
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Gregory, O. H., was born in Berkshire, Tioga county, October 22, 1818, and came with his parents to this town when an infant. His father, Henry G., was a clerk in the store of General Huntington, at Ithaca, for about six years, then moved on to the farm of his father-in-law at Owego, where he died in 1824. Our subject was educated in the common schools and lived with his grandfather on the farm until the age of sixteen. In 1834 he located in Ithaca, and was for three years a clerk in the store of L. H. Culver, then went into the employ of his uncle, W. T. Huntington, and had charge of his brewery for seven years. In 1844 he established a restaurant, buying out the interest of Anson Braman, of the firm of Braman & Rice. Rice & Gregory conducted this for several years, and then Mr. Gregory became the sole proprietor. In 1861 he bought a store at 18 East State street, which he fitted up for a restaurant and conducted until 1872, when he sold to the father of George F. Simpson, and since 1872 he has lived a retired life. In 1875 he was elected a director of the Savings Bank, and at the death of Mr. Curran in 1879, Mr. Gregory was elected treasurer of the bank, which position he filled for four and a half years, then resigned on account of ill health. At the election of officers in 1884 he was made vice president, which place he held to the time of his death. In 1843 our subject married Mary L. Martin, of Ithaca. They had no children. On the death of Mr. Curran, who was one of the commissioners on railroad bonding, Mr. Gregory was appointed in his stead, holding that position at the time of his death, which occurred on the 29th day of December, 1893. He was also at the time of his death bonding commissioner of the town, on the Ithaca and Athens Railroad, and the Geneva and Ithaca Railroad, and president of the Board of Paving Commissioners, of the city of Ithaca. Mr. Gregory was a Republican in politics.

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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