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George Berry
(November 12, 1820- )

 GEORGE BERRY was born in Madison county, of parents of Irish descent, November 12, 1820.  
His education was derived at the common schools of the neighborhood, and he early began the 
struggle of life, engaging at the trade of tanner.  By industry, honesty and energy, he succeeded 
well and his success brought him into prominence in county affairs.  In 1856 he was chosen 
Justice of the Peace, later he became Supervisor of his town and President of the village of Oneida 
and Director of Oneida National Bank.  In politics, Mr. BERRY has always been a Democrat.  In the 
fall of 1874 he was elected to the Assembly by a majority of twenty-seven in a district naturally 
Republican. He served on the Committees on Banks, Agriculture and Expenditures of the House, 
and was chairman of the latter. In a later canvass he was defeated for the same office by but seven 
votes.  In the fall of 1878 he was again elected, after a very close and exciting canvass, by a vote 
of 2,500 to 2,491 for WM. J. TAYLOR, Republican, 257 for E. P. MORE, National, and 80 for J. W. 
BRUCE, Prohibitionist.  Mr. BERRY is married and resides at Oneida, where he is the proprietor of a 
large tannery. 
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 738. 
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed. 

Date: Monday, August 09, 1999 04:00 PM

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