(II) Murray J., son of William E. and Laura A. (Newell) Bement, was born in Manchester, Ontario county, New York, May 20, 1844: died in Clifton Springs, in the same county, May 23,-1910. He received his education in the public schools of Manchester, and then taught school himself for a number of years. In 1875 he began the manufacture of cigars, a business he continued to be engaged in until his death. In May, 1888, he settled in Clifton Springs, and took his son, Louie M. Bement, into partnership with him. He was a Democrat in politics and served for one term as town clerk of Manchester, and as justice of the peace for two terms. He was also a trustee of the village of Clifton Springs. He was appointed postmaster of Clifton Springs by President Cleveland during his last administration. From 1906 to 1910 he was president of the board of health-of Clifton Springs. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias. He married (first), July 4, 1864, Jennie V., daughter of Peter and Abigail (Nichols) Cooper, of Manchester, New York, who was born there, January 12, 1846; died there, May 12, 1865. He married (second), November 15, 1871, Sarah C. Wade. Child, Louie M., referred to below.
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