First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary


Madison County

Sketches of Students of First Decade.

 HON. DANIEL GORDON DORRANCE, son of the late Dr. John Dorrance, was born at Peterborough, N.Y., March 18, 1811. His early life was spent on a farm, and as a clerk in a dry goods store in his native village. At nineteen he entered Cazenovia Seminary, and left it in 1831. For several years he pursued medical and surgical studies, with a view to practice as a physician. 1932, clerk in Florence, Oneida County, for J. S. T. Stranahan and Gerrit Smith. Married in March, 1837, to Ann Sparrow, of Florence. Has had nine children, three of whom have been educated, in part, at Cazenovia. He was the land agent of Hon. Gerrit Smith after 1840, and pursued a general mercantile business until 1859.
  Mr. Dorrance's public positions have been: postmaster, supervisor, member of Assembly of New York State in 1846, State senator in 1854-55; was one of the original corporators of the Fort Stanwix Bank of Rome, N. Y., in 1848; has since been one of its directors. Is president of the Oneida Savings Bank, vice-president and director of the Oneida Valley National Bank, and resides at Oneida Castle, New York.

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