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Edward G., son of Preston J. and Mary Ann (Griffin) Dorchester, was born in Geneva, Ontario county, New York, in 1846. He attended the public and high schools of his native city, and then spent one and a half years at Hobart College. His business career commenced in 1866, when he accepted a clerkship in the store of Underhill, Dorchester & Brother, which he filled very capably for some years. He then spent considerable time in traveling throughout the south and west, returning to Geneva about 1885, and resuming his duties as a clerk in the same business in which he had previously been active. Later his father turned over his interests to him, and the business was continued under the new style of Dorchester & Rose, under which name it is carried on at the present time (1911). The establishment is a very fine one, equipped in the most modern manner, with an extensive line of goods, and is the largest store of its kind in Ontario county. Mr. Dorchester is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a staunch Republican and a member of the Episcopal church. Mr. Dorchester is unmarried.