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forces of American citizenship.

pleyard 7, wv born /// llie parish of Keighlcv, Yin-kshirc,

England, April 7.7, IS^O : was educated in the parish
school and by private study : was apprenticed to a
firm of worsted spiniifrs in 1S55, and began business
for himself in ISil'i ; married Isabella Stott of flali-
fax, England, /lily l.'i, 7.SW.S' / has been engaged in
li'orstci/ and alpaca inaniijacliire at Jamestown, N. Y.,
si ii ft' /.v /'''.

1FX COrbCtt has had an

unusually successful business career, and
is deservedly popular in the political and
social life of the town of Sherman, where
he has lived for the past thirty years. For
a quarter of a century the firm of Hart
iV Corbett, of which he is a member,
has carried on a dry -goods and general -
merchandise business in Sherman. The
concern has steadily grown and prospered,
and this is due in large measure to Mr.
Corbett's energy and ability. He has
known how to provide for the wants of
the public, and has spared no effort to
that end ; and thus his business success
may be regarded as fairly earned.

Political honors are not easily obtain-
able by a Democrat in Chautauqua county,
but Mr. Corbett has shown that personal
popularity and special fitness for public
life can overcome even so great odds as
confront Democrats in that stronghold ot
Republicanism. Three years after his
removal to Sherman he was elected town
clerk, and served for three years, 1874-
70. In 1882 and 1883 he acted as
supervisor for the town of Sherman, and
in the fall of 1882 he was elected to the
legislature from the 1st assembly district
of Chautauqua county by a majority of
986 votes. In the legislature he was
made chairman of the committee on charitable and
religious institutions. His advice and assistance
are highly valued by his fellow-Democrats, and he
has been for four years chairman of the Democratic
county committee, and is at present its treasurer. He
is also a member of the Democratic state committee.
Mr. Corbett was a country boy, born in Chautau-
qua county and brought up on a farm. He attended
the district schools and Westfield Academy, and
then took a full commercial course at the Eastman
Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He thus
acquired an excellent theoretical business training,
which he at once proceeded to put to practical use.
He entered the dry -goods house of J. T. Green of
Sherman as a clerk, and remained there five years.



At the end of this time he determined to launch out
for himself. He accordingly bought the interest of
J. M. Coveney in the well-established firm of
Coveney & Hart, and began the successful business
career outlined above.

Mr. Corbett has taken an active part in all
public affairs in Sherman. He was one of the
organizers of the State Bank there, and is its vice
president. He is also treasurer of the school board
of the town, and chief of the fire department. In
the Masonic and other fraternities he is a prominent
member. In 1891 he was Grand Master of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen of the State of
New York, and he has been for five years a member
of the Grand Lodge finance committee, of which he
is at present chairman. He is a Mason of the 32d
degree, and a member of the following organiza-
tions : Olive Lodge, No. 575, F. & A.
M. ; Westfield Chapter, No. 239, R. A.
M. ; Dunkirk Council, No. 25, R. & S.
M. ; Dunkirk Commandery, No. 40, K.
T. ; Lsmailia Temple, O. N. M. S. ; and

Charles //. Corbett was barn at Mina,
TV. Y. , October 5, 1845 : was educated in
district schools and Eastman Business
College, Pouglikeepsie, N. Y. ; was clerk
in a dry-goods store at Sherman, N. Y.,
1SOO71 ; married Narcissa Dutton of
Sherman May 13, 1800 ; was elected
member of assembly in 1SS'2 ; has conducted
a dr\'-goi>ds and general-merchandise busi-
ness at Sherman since 1871.

William 3. (BlCUtl has achieved
prominence in life at an unusually early
age. The Empire State has produced few
sons who have displayed more activity,
energy, and ambition. In his brief
career he has occupied himself in various
pursuits, and has succeeded in so marked
a degree that each occupation has become
the stepping-stone to a higher one. He
has been both printer and editor, and is
an all-round newspaper man. His edu-
cation was not so thorough as he desired,
but he made the most of his opportuni-
ties in the village school at Dansville,
and later at Wellsville Academy, from
which he graduated at the age of seventeen years.

After finishing his school life he went to work as
a printer in the office of the Wellsville Reporter,
which was then edited bv the late Knos \V. Barnes.

Having learned the printer's trade, and acquired
experience in the management of a newspaper, Mr.
Glenn purchased the well-known Cuba Patriot, in
company with Walter }. Beecher. In this work
he soon made himself a factor in the public affairs
of western New York, and though he had just reached
his majority, older men admired his ability, dili-
gence, and zeal.

Newspaper men and lawyers are naturally attracted
to participation in political affairs. Mr. Glenn has
always been a devoted follower of the Republican
party. When only twenty-one years of age he was
elected secretary and treasurer of the Allegany-
county Republican committee, and held the position
four years. Subsequently he was elected chairman
of the same committee, and served in this capacity
two years. After the inauguration of President

1 1 '11. 1. 1 AM j. GLF.XX

Harrison Mr. Glenn became a candidate for the
office of postmaster at Cuba. He was appointed,
and duly confirmed by the senate, in the spring of
11S,S9, and held the position for nearly five years.


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He was called to party service in 1S!)0 as a member
of the Republican state committee for the 34th
congressional district, to which he was re-elected
five times. The election of a Republican house of
representatives in 1X114 was followed by the re-
organization of the executive offices of the body


at the opening of the 54th congress in December,
l.s'lf). The members of the New York delegation
in the house selected as their candidate for the posi-
tion of doorkeeper William J. Glenn of Cuba, and
after a spirited contest Mr. Glenn was nominated in
caucus for the office, and \vas duly elected. The
position is one of great responsibility, and involves
the care of much government property, and the
supervision of a large force of employees. Mr.
Glenn is probably the youngest man ever chosen to
the office a fact that attests the esteem and respe< i
of his friends and supporters. His success in secur
ing this responsible post has done much to increase
lii> prominence in the ranks of Republican party
leaders in western New York.

Mr. Glenn believes in fraternal societies, and is a
member of several such organizations, including
Cuba Lodge, No. 306, F. & A. M.; Valley Point
Chapter, R. A. M., Cuba; St. John's Commandcrv,
K. T., Olean ; Star Tent, No. 12, K. (). T. M.,
Cuba. He attends the Episcopal church.

\\~illiiim J oli ii son Glenn was born at Dan s-
rille, A r . y., July 2, IStiX ; was educate,!
in common schools and at M'el/srille
( X. Y. ) Academy : learned tlic printer's
trade, and worked on newspapers, 1819
.s 1 ..' .- married Jessie A. Goodrich of ll'ells-
;///< December ill, 1882 ; became one of
the proprietors and editors of the Cuba
" Patriot" January 1, 1883: was post-
master of Cuba, N. V., 1SSO-H4 ; was
elected doorkeeper of the house of rep re -
senfat/res of the ,'t.^th congress in Decem-
ber, 7,9.95,

CS tUCkeV?, county judge and
surrogate of Niagara county, has risen b\
his own unaided efforts, and in the face
of many obstacles, to a high place in the
regard of the community. This becomes
the more noteworthy when it is remem-
bered that Judge Hickey is not yet forty
years old, and that, owing to lack of
scholastic opportunities in early life, he
was in his twenty-eighth year when ad-
mitted to the bar.

Judge Hickey is a native of Niagara
county, and his early education was re-
ceived in the district schools of the town
of Somerset. His father died when
Charles was a young lad, and his mother
was left with no means and with a larue
family on her hands. Under such cir-
cumstances each one must do his part, and from
the time he was ten years old Charles worked for
the neighboring farmers whenever there was work
to be done. He had, however, a great desire to
obtain an education; and in the winter months,
when farm work was not pressing, he made good use
of such opportunities as the country schools afforded.
When he was seventeen years old he decided to try
his fortunes in the West, and betook himself to
the lumber regions of Michigan, where for two
years he was engaged in rafting logs on the rivers,
and in general work in the mills and pine woods
of that state. He then returned to his native
county, and spent two years in the service of the
Rome, Watertown \- < >gdensl>urg railroad, where



he was employed in construction work and on
gravel trains.

He was now a young man of twenty-one, with
considerable experience in different kinds of work ;
but his earnings up to this time had been' freely
given to his widowed mother, and the fulfillment of
his desires for a better education and a more
important place in the world seemed still far off.
Feeling that the time had come when, if ever, he
should devote himself to these ends, he entered
Lockport Union School. He was obliged to inter-
rupt his course of study from time to time to earn
money by teaching, and in this calling he met with
such success that in a short time he was chosen
president of the Niagara County Teachers' Associa-
tion. But he had determined to become a lawyer,
and while still in school he began reading law in
the office of John E. Pound. Finally,
in 1.SS4, he was admitted to the bar.
The following year he -commenced prac-
tice in Lockport as a member of the firm
of Hickey & Hopkins ; and for the past
ten years his practice has grown steadily,
and he has established an enviable repu
tation for ability, fairness, and integrity.
He practiced alone from 1.S91 till 1X1)4,
when he formed a partnership with
Augustus Morris, under the firm name
of Hickey & Morris, that lasted until
Judge Hickey's elevation to the bench
January 1, l9(i.

Like many able lawyers, Judge Hickey
has given considerable attention to poli-
tics. Soon after his admission to the bin-
he was elected justice of the peace for the
city of Lockport, but resigned after one
\ ear's service. Later, in lS!tl>, he was
appointed city attorney of Lockport, and
held the position until he became county
judge. The people of Lockport have
cause to be grateful to him for his skill-
ful care of their interests during these
four years, for in all that time not a
single judgment was rendered against the
city. Judge Hickey was elected to his
present office by a majority of 2700,
probably the largest ever received by a
candidate in Niagara county. He is the
first person to hold the combined offices of
county judge and surrogate in his county ;
and the prediction may safely be made that he will fill
the responsible position with credit and distinction.

|udge Hickey is a Mason and an < >dd Fellow, and
is president of the Odd Fellows' Home Association

of New York state, which maintains an institution
at Lockport.

was born at Somerset, Niagara county, N. V., April
18, 1851 ; W(7.f educated in district schools and at
Lockport Union School ; was admitted to the bar in
October, 1SS4- ; married Frances C. Lambert of Lock-
fort November 2~>, 18S6 : was city attorney of Lock-
port, 1S9.2-95 ; practiced law in Lockport, ISSX-.Oft ;
has been county judge and surrogate of Niagara county
since January 1,

IDantcl Xovcri&oe of Cuba, N.Y.,

has already passed the "threescore years and ten "
allotted as an ordinary lifetime ; but as a practicing
lawyer and president of a bank, he gives ample evi-
dence that his days of usefulness are not yet over.


Mr. Loveridge was born before the close of the
first quarter of the century, among the Litchfield
hills of Connecticut, and there he passed his youth.
Having completed his preparatory studies, he entered



Trinity College, Hartford, and studied there for two
years. He then left college, having determined to
become a lawyer, and began his legal studies at Lex-
ington, Va. He had thus the benefit of a more varied
experience of men and places than usually falls to
the lot of the young law student. He was admitted
to the bar in March, 1X53, at Rochester, and from
that time his life has been passed in western
New York.

At first he opened an office alone at Castile, Wy-
oming county, and there obtained his first practical
knowledge of the life of a lawyer. About three years
later, in May, 1856, he moved to Cuba, and entered
into partnership with his brother, Noah P. Lover-
idge. For ten years the brothers worked together
to build up a practice, but at the end of that time
Noah moved to Michigan, and for a little more
than a year Edward practiced alone. He then asso-
ciated with him in his practice Harlan }. Swift, now
of Buffalo, and this connection lasted fifteen years.
For the past ten years he has practiced in partner-
ship with John C. Leggett. Mr. Loveridge has
thus been actively engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession for more than forty years, and has conducted
a vast amount of legal business.

Aside from the law, Mr. Loveridge' s greatest in-
terest has been banking. He has been president of
the Cuba National Bank for twenty -eight years, and
his successful management of the affairs of that in-
stitution reflects great credit upon his business abil-
ity. Other similar institutions have been glad to
avail themselves of his counsel, and he has been for
many years a director of the Citizens' National Bank
of Friendship, N. Y.

Mr. Loveridge has always taken great interest in
public affairs, and in his younger days he played a
prominent part in the political life of his neighbor-
hood. He served as member of assembly in the
legislatures of 1862 and 1863, and was a delegate
to the Republican national convention of 18(i4. He
was supervisor of the town of Cuba for two years.
In 1876 he was nominated for representative in con-

M r. Loveridge has been for years a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and has taken an active part in
its affairs. He is a Knight Templar, and for three
years i 1^74-7(1 ) was Commander of St. John's Com-
mandery, No. 24, Olean ; and for fourteen years he
was High Priest of Valley Point Chapter, Cuba.
He is a member of the Episcopal church.

/ ' A' R S ONAL CHRO NOL OGY Etlwanl
I Daniel I.<>-,'eri,1gc was born at New Milford, Conn.,
December 11, 18^4 ' completed liis education at Trin-
ity College, Hartford, Ciiu.; studied /aw, anil was

admitted to the bar in 1S53 : man-led Frances Emily
Bartlettaf Granby, Mass., October 19, 1854; prac-
ticed law at Castile, N. Y., 1853-66 ; was member
of assembly, 186J-6-1 ; has practiced law at Cuba,
N. Y. , since 1S5G ; has been president of the Cuba
National Hank since /.sv/,v.

XOW has served his country in military
and in civil stations. To an intensely practical life
he has added a deep interest in public affairs, and
has long been a prominent factor in his community.
Though not American-born, he has made a record
of which any American might justly be proud. His
parents, originally from Scotland, went to Niagara
county from Toronto, Canada, when he was only
two years old, so that all his early educational
training was obtained in the United States. He
attended the common schools of Lockport and
Lewiston, and was for three years a pupil in the
Collegiate Institute at Wilson, N. Y. This excellent
education he turned to account in the very matter-
of-fact business of farming, as well as in teaching
district schools in the winter for seven years. He
continued in these occupations until appointed
deputy collector and inspector of customs for the
district of Niagara in 1861, an office he resigned
a year later to enter the military service of the
United States.

Mr. Low had been foremost in recruiting com-
pany B of the 12!lth New York volunteers, and when
it was organized he was commissioned 1st lieutenant,
and mustered into the service August 22, 1862.
He went at once to the front, and took part in the
defense of Baltimore and in the West Virginia
campaign. Two years later he joined the Army
of the Potomac, and was present at the memorable
battles of Spottsylvania, Tolopotomy, North Anna,
Cold Harbor (where he was wounded), and Hatcher's
Run. He was also present at the siege of Peters-
burg, and at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox.
During his service he was twice promoted, first to
the rank of captain and afterward to that of major,
retiring with the latter rank at the close of the war.
When peace was restored, Major Low returned
to New York state, and was soon appointed by
President Johnson postmaster at Suspension Bridge.
In this position he gave such satisfaction that he was
reappointed by President drain in 1870.

In state affairs Major Low has taken an active
interest, and has three times represented the 2d dis-
trict of Niagara county in the assembly, serving the
people intelligently and faithfully. He is an ardent
and vigorous Republican, and has been repeatedly
honored when his party has been in power in the



nation, by appointments to federal offices. President
Arthur made him United States consul at Clifton,
Ontario, and President Harrison appointed him
collector of customs for the district of Niagara. He
held the latter office for five years. Since the
expiration of his term he has conducted the business
of a coal merchant, and has carried on a

At home Major Low has served for six
years as president of the board of edu-
cation of Suspension Bridge, and has
devoted time and attention to securing
a high standard in the schools under the
care of the board. He attends the Con-
gregational Church, and has been for
many years president of its board of trus-
tees. He is a member of the A.O.U.W.,
the Knights of Honor, the G. A. R.,
and the Loyal Legion. His neighbors
and townsmen look to him for leadership
in every movement having a worthy ob-
ject in view. Conservative in his ideas,
he is nevertheless open to conviction on
every question arising in the course of
public and political events ; and he has
thus won and retained the confidence of
all who know him.

James Low was born at Toronto, Canada,
January 24, 1836 ; was educated in the
public schools of Niagara county, N. J '. ,
and ]]'ilson (N. Y.) Collegiate Institute ;
married Amanda Barnes of Cambria,
N. Y., March 25, 1S~>8 ; served in the
Union army, 1862-65 : was appointed
postmaster at Suspension Bridge, N. } . ,
/// 1865, and was reappointed in 1870 ;
was member of assembly, 187081, United
States consul at Clifton, Canada, 188,1-
87, ami collector of customs for tlie district of Niagara,
1890 Of) ; has carried on the fittsincss of a coal mer-
chant at Niagara Falls since 1875.

S TbCUrV? /IDUler, member of assembly
in 1896 from the 1st district of Cattaraugus county,
is a native of that county, and has spent his whole
life there.

Mr. Miller was born in the town of Machias, near
the close of the first half of the century. Like all
country boys of that day, he received his early edu-
cational training in the district school, which he be-
gan to attend at the age of four years. At the out-
break of the Civil War Mr. Miller was a youth of
seventeen, attending school, and looking forward to

a useful commercial career. He gave up all his per-
sonal plans, however, and enlisted in the 105th regi-
ment New York volunteers. In the campaign of
ISIIL! he participated with his regiment in all the
battles from Cedar Mountain to Antietam. His
regiment suffered so much in these engagements that

J.-l.\fES LOU'

it was consolidated, in March, 18(>:>, with the !!4th
New York volunteers, then commanded by General
Adrian R. Root of Buffalo. In thi.s regiment Mr.
Miller served at the battle of Gettysburg, and in
Grant's campaign before Petersburg and Richmond.
Having been honorably discharged from the army,
Mr. Miller resumed his education, spending several
years in the academy at Arcade, N. Y. , and at
Griffith Institute, Springville, N. Y. He then took
up the occupation of teaching, and devoted himself
to this profession during the winter seasons for
twelve years. At the end of that time he moved to
Delevan, N. Y., and engaged in the business of a
furniture dealer and an undertaker, in partnership
with George H. Whiting, under the firm name of



Miller iV Whiting. This connection lasted for
twelve years. During this time Mr. Miller was ap-
pointed to the railway postal service. The position
of mail clerk on a railroad is one that requires close
application, and great accuracy and quickness. Mr.
Miller was connected with the service for four years,


traveling on various roads, including the Western
New York & Pennsylvania, the New York Central,
and the Erie ; and during his term of service was
promoted, upon his record in competitive examina-
tions, through all the several grades from mail-route
messenger to head clerk.

In 188*2 Mr. Miller associated himself with D. D.
Smith in the drug and grocery business, at Yorkshire,
V \. The interests centering in a country store
are many and varied, and no branch of knowledge
i nines amiss there. Mr. Miller's training as a mail
clerk was useful to him, for he was made depui\ post-
master, and had (barge of the Yorkshire post office.

Always a strong Republican, Mr. Miller had long
been prominent in county affairs before he was called

to represent the people in the legislature of the state.
He was first elected a member of the board of super-
visors of C'attaraugus county in 1877, and since that
time he has served on the board thirteen years. In
1894 he filled the responsible positidti of chairman
of the board. His well-known devotion to trie best
interests of the county received a fitting
recognition when, in 1895, he was unan-
imously chosen the Republican candidate
for member of assembly from the 1st
( 'attaraugns district, and was duly elected.
In the session of the legislature that fol-
lowed he was a member of the important
committee on taxation and retrenchment,
and of the committees on banks and excise.
Mr. Miller is a trustee of the Metho-
dist Episcopal Church of Yorkshire, and
a member of Arcade Lodge, No. 419, I''.
& A. M., and of Delevan Lodge, No.
lilli, I. 0. O. F.

C 'harks I fairy Miller was born at Machias .
N. }'., /r/?!c- :J, 1*44 ; ft: -'fit in tlit- 1'nii'H
itnn\, lHH.-i-t'S. r > : 7iw.v educated at A reads
( X. Y ) Academy and Griffitli Institute,
S/iring7't7/c, N. Y.: engaged in business in
Dderan, N. Y., 187.!-N.' t . ,nid in the
riiihcay mail service, 1X12-76; estab-
lished a drug and gn>cer\ l business at
Yorkshire, N. K, /// /.S'.S'J", and has carried
on tlie same since: married Emma L.
\\~illiams of Arcade, A'. Y., December 10,
1877 : 7t'i!s chairman nf tlie board <>f suf-er-
i'isors of Cattaraugus county in ISO If, and
member of assembly from tlie 1st Catta-
raitgus-cotinty district in IfHMl.

Hrtbur 36. Ottawa? proves b\ his

career that a young man can win success
at home. The essential conditions of success are
character, energy, and ability ; and these factors will
be decisive anywhere.

Mr. ( Mtaway has spent his whole life in C'hau-
tauqua county. He was born in Mina, among the
C'hautauqua hills not far from the Pennsylvania line,
and was brought up on a farm. His early education
was acquired in the district school and at Sherman
Academy. In 18?.'! he moved to the village "i
Westfield, and attended the academy there, graduat-
ing at the age of twenty-one. His training had
included preparation for a c ollege course ; but this
was abandoned, and his subsequent education w:is

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