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Biographical Sketch of Lewis Peck

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(VIII) Lewis, son of Elisha and Lucinda (Warner) Peck, was born on the old homestead in Phelps, Ontario county, New York, May 13, 1816, and died October 30, 1878. He worked his way through Colgate University and then went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was principal of the high school for a number of terms. Returning east, he taught school at Port Byron, New York, for a year and then became the first principal of the new union school at Phelps, a position he held for ten years. He was distinguished as a surveyor, an educator and also in politics. In 1860, he was elected a member of the state assembly ; was appointed by President Lincoln, assessor of internal revenue for his district, holding the position nine years, and the was supervisor of the town of Phelps for eight consecutive terms. He resigned his revenue position when he was elected assignee to settle the affairs of the Crane and Norton Bank. He also did much of the surveying in both Ontario and Wayne counties, New York. He married, October 27, 1854, Sarah Long, who died July 30, 1907. Children: Cora, born July 12, 1855, married Charles Cheney; Charles, referred to below; Nellie, born May 19, 1860, married H. C. Burdick.

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