Source: HISTORY OF WYOMING CO., NY
BY: F. W. BEERS, 1880
WOLCOTT J. HUMPHREY was the sixth son of Theophilus Humphrey, whose father bore the same name, and whose grandfather was SAMUEL HUMPHREY, all natives of Canton, Connecticut. His mother, whose maiden name was Cynthia Hayden, was a native of Thorringford, CT. Wolcott J. Humphrey was born at Canton, CT, Nov. 11th, 1817. In 1818 his father removed to Shedon, Genesee County, NY (now Wyoming Co.), where he engaged in farming, tanning, shoemaking and harness making, in all of which branches of business the son was also engaged till he arrived at the age of twenty-three. His education was dervived from the common schools of this town, and from a brief course of instructions by a Congregational clergyman of his neighborhood. Extensive travel and acute observation have supplied the lack of early instruction, and in sound practical knowledge he is excelled by few. At the age of twenty-three he engaged in the mercantile business, which he continued during twenty-four years at Varysburg, Sheldon Center, North Java, Bloomington, Ill, and North Java again. During his residence in the West he was largely engaged in successful land speculations. In 1864 he removed to Warsaw, Wyoming Co., NY, and engaged in the business of tanning, which he followed till 1869. He became stockholder in the Wyoming County National Bank in the latter part of 1869, and in 1871 he was made president of this bank, in which position he still continues. He is alos president of the Warsaw Water Works Company, of the stock of which he owns about one third. Large financial ability, indomitable energy and unbending integrity have made him a man of wealth, but his native good sense has prevented the development of that vanity which too often tarnishes financial success. Mr. Humphrey has always been an active and efficient political worker. He was a Whig till that party ceased to exist, and he has since been a Republican. He was several times chosen supervisor of this town by large majorities, was appointed postmaster in 1849, 1853 and 1860, and was marshal for taking the census of several towns in this county in 1850. He had the honor of being mobbed by the foreign opponents of the draft during the late civil war while in the discharge of his duties as enrolling officer. He was elected to the Assembly in 1850 and again in 1851. During the latter term he was chairman of the committee on railroads, and reported, with its restrictions, the bill for consolidating the Central railroad. He also had charge of the prohibitory liquor law that was passed during that session. He was elected to the Senate in 1865, and again in 1867, from the thirtieth district (Wyoming, Livingston and Allegany) by majorities of more than 5,000. During his service in the Senate he was chairman of the committee on roads and bridges, and of that on commerce and navigation, and was a member of the committees on internal affairs, printing, finance and banks. He has been a member of the Republican county committee for fifteen years, during about ten of which he was its chairman. He has also been during the last twenty years a delegate in more than half the Republican State conventions that have been held, and he was a member of the national Republician convention in 1876. March 30th, 1841, he married Amanda B., daughter of William S. Martindale, of Dorset, VT, who died at Sonora, Cal, June 17th, 1873. He was again married July 8th, 1874, to Hannah, daughter of Hugh Mulholland, of Parma, Monroe County, N.Y. By his present wife he has two children, Annabel Humphrey and Wolcott Julius Humphrey. His first wife bore hime no children. He is a liberal contributor to the support of the church and society with which he is associated. In his social relations he is genial and companionable, and his cheerful disposition renders his home the abode of happiness.
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