Biography of John L. Puff
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Puff, John L., was born June 15, 1833, at Bayonne Point, N. J. He was a farmer until twenty years of age. At that time he entered the store of P. S. Dudley as clerk, without making any bargain or knowing the salary he was to receive. He remained for five years. At this time he entered into partnership with Mr. Bush. each buying one half interest; afterward he formed a partnership with John W. Dean, which lasted for seven years. He next bought Mr. Dean's interest, then sold to Mr. Kellogg, and took an interest in the firm of Pierson, Puff & Co. Mr. Pierson retiring, the firm became J. L. Puff & Co., now changed to J. L. Puff & Son, doing a business in general merchandise. In 1858 he married Mary L. Dudley, and their children were: Adah A., La Monte D., and Katie E., who died at the age of seventeen years. Mr. Puff is a Republican, and was supervisor of the town in 1864 and 1865. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, King Hiram Lodge No. 784, and his son is also a Mason.

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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