FRANK D. SEYMOUR was born May 27, 1857, in the town of Lebanon, N.Y., and from very early years showed himself to be of a studious disposition. He had been already some time at school, when at the age of ten his parents removed to Hamilton, N.Y., in which place he attended the union graded schools for five years; but his too close application to study caused his health to break down, and he was obliged to leave school. About that time his father's family moved back to the old homestead farm in Lebanon. Here he adopted farming as his profession, also commencing to teach at the age of seventeen, following the latter occupation during the winter, and working on the farm in the summer.
In September, 1880, he was married to Miss Nettie L. Gates, daughter of Samuel C. Gates. The latter was born, brought up, and resided on the farm now owned by our subject. He moved to Hamilton in the spring of 1881, and died there in 1888. His widow, Celia (Billings) Gates, is still living, and resides in Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Seymour have one son and three daughters, who brighten the domestic fireside with their affection and cheerfulness. They are Herbert G., Bessie A., Bertha L., and Blanche C. After his marriage Mr. Seymour taught for two or three winters, but has since devoted himself exclusively to agricultural pursuits. He is a strong and ardent Republican in politics, and has held many local offices. He was for a time Poor-master of his town, and then for two terms held the office of Assessor, serving with much satisfaction to his party and fellow-citizens. He has also been Inspector of Elections for several terms, and has always taken a lively interest in the public affairs of his town.
Mr. Seymour is a man of unusual intelligence and of deep thought, passing much of his time in his library, well stocked with standard works, which are his choicest friends and companions. His profession as a teacher, which he followed for so many years, served to broaden his views of life; and in his capacity of teacher he made a favorable and lasting impression on the minds of those so fortunate as to be his pupils. Always interested in the cause of temperance, and clearly seeing the dreadful evils resulting from the sale of intoxicating liquors, he has ever been devoted to the noble work of rescuing his fellow-men from the pitiful condition into which they have fallen from becoming slaves to their acquired appetites, and has long been an active member of the Rechabites, a temperance organization of his town. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Good Templars, and is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, occupying a prominent social position among them.
Mr. Seymour is a liberal and public-spirited citizen, doing all in his power to promote the welfare of his town and county, and one who naturally takes a deep and absorbing interest in the invaluable educational privileges which are open to every child in America.
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