Biography of Leonard Griswold
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Griswold, Leonard, was born April 19, 1820. His father, Chas. Griswold, was born in this town, and was a soldier in the war of 1812, holding the position of captain in the militia of New York State. After his death, which occurred in 1834, his family was awarded a land warrant for his services. Leonard Griswold laid the foundation of his education in the log school house, district 16 of Dryden, but is pre-eminently a self made and self educated man. At the age of twenty four he married Miss Delana M. Wheeler, daughter of Enos Wheeler, and they are the parents of three children, two sons, Jay and Charles D., and one daughter, Mrs. Laura Mahan. In 1834 he inherited a part of his father's estate including the homestead where he now resides. In 1873 he bought the George Hill property in the town of Virgil of eighty acres. In 1875 he bought part of the Austin Hill estate of forty three acres, making 240 acres, raising hay, grain and stock and making a specialty of dairy farming. Our subject is one of the leading farmers in his town, taking an active interest in temperance, educational and religious matters and in advancing the best interests of his town. He is recognized as a man of high character and sterling integrity, and has been an officer of the Presbyterian church of Dryden for the past forty years.

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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