THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   WILBER M. HENDERSON, a resident of Morrisville and a gentleman well known throughout Madison County, though a young man, has had much experience in various fields of activity, and possesses great versatility of genius. He has been a successful farmer and business man, and has spent many years of his life in public service, commencing to hold office by the suffrages of his fellow-citizens when but twenty-one years of age. Mr. Henderson was born in the town of Madison, November 18, 1848, and is a son of Solomon Henderson, who was born in Warren County, New York, came to Madison County in 1843, and for a number of years had charge of the repairs on the Cherry Valley turnpike, which was then a toll road. Purchasing a farm in the town of Madison, he has since that time been engaged in agricultural pursuits. His wife, whose maiden name was Emily A. White, was born in the town of Madison, and was a daughter of Alexander White, who belonged to one of the pioneer families of that town. She died at her home in the town of Madison, aged sixty-nine years. She and her husband reared four children, namely: Wilber M., the subject of this sketch; John A.; Ada G.; and Lizzie E.
   Wilber M. Henderson was educated first in the district schools, and later attended Goodenough's Business College at Hamilton. while quite young, he began to assist his father on the farm, and remained at home until he was twenty-four years of age. Three years previously he was elected Constable of his town, and soon afterward was elected Collector and appointed Deputy Sheriff. In 1875, having been elected Sheriff, he removed to Morrisville, the county seat, and has ever since that time made Morrisville his home. Since the expiration of his term as Sheriff, in which he rendered general satisfaction in the performance of his duties, he has been engaged in the loan and insurance business, and has at the same time continued to keep up his interest in agricultural pursuits. His farm, which is located in the town of Madison, is worked on shares. In 1889 he was appointed Postmaster of Morrisville, and held the office four years, giving general satisfaction in this position, as he had done in the office of Sheriff of the county.
   Mr. Henderson is a sound Republican in politics, and fraternally is a member of Hamilton Lodge, No. 120, A. F. & A. M.; of Cyrus Chapter, No. 50, R. A. M.; and of Norwich Commandery, No. 46, K. T. He was for a number of years Vice-President of the Madison County Hop-growers' Association, and in this, as in all other positions which he has held, manifested the same zeal and efficiency in the performance, of his official duties. At the last meeting of the Hop-growers' Association he was elected its President.

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