Biography of John E. McElhany
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





McElheny, John E., was born in the town of Dryden September 13, 1822. His father, James J., was one of the earliest settlers in the town. Our subject was educated in the common schools to which he has added through life by reading and close observation. At the age of thirteen his father died and he took charge of the farm until 1846 when he moved into the town of Dryden. At the age of thirty seven he married Adelia Aldridge, daughter of Benjamin Aldridge. He is one of the leading men of his town having been president, and is now president of the Dryden and Groton Fire Insurance Company. He is also president of the Southworth Library Association, which is now building a handsome structure under his personal supervision. While active in educational matters. he also finds time to further the interests of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a member.

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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