Shearman, Oliver G., a native of Milo, was born August 7, 1834. His father, George Shearman, was of Irish nativity,
while his mother, Rebecca, daughter of David Wagener, was born in the city of Philadelphia. Oliver G. was the eleventh
of their twelve children. He lived on a farm until past twenty one years of age. His early education was acquired
in the common schools. In 1857 he came to Penn Yan and engaged in the grain business, and May 1, 1860, the present
firm of Shearman & Lewis, grain dealers, was formed. Prior to 186o Mr. Shearman's brother was his partner.
In 1882 the Yates County Malt House was erected, and the malting house of O. G. Shearman & Co., composed of
Mr. Shearman, John Lewis, E. C. Dwelle and G. R. Youngs was formed. In 1888 Mr. Youngs retired, since which time
the other members of the firm have conducted the business. Oliver G. Shearman is not unknown in local Democratic
circles. In 1862 he was elected town clerk of Milo, and moved the, office to Penn Yan. In 1868 he was elected trustee
of the village and two or three years later was made president of the board, holding that office two years. In
1875 he was elected county treasurer by a majority of 139 ; in 1887 he was the Democratic candidate for the Assembly,
but was defeated by a small majority, the normal Republican majority of Yates County being over 1,200. He now holds
the office of trustee of "the Willard Hospital for the Insane," having been appointed to that office
by David B. Hill. Outside of politics Mr. Shearman has been identified with a number of measures, each of which
had for its end the substantial welfare of Penn Yang. To him and his associates was due the honor of bringing about
the railroad leading from Dresden to Lake Keuka, being president of the company that procured the right of way.
Many other public improvements might be recalled, but space forbids.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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