GEN. RUFUS DAGGETT, of Utica. PROMINENT CITIZEN AND CIVIL WAR VETERAN WHO PASSED AWAY FRIDAY. The death yesterday of Gen. Rufus daggett removed a man whose long and success- ful career was close inter- woven with the years of the city's prosperity and one who stood forth a conspicuous figure in Grand Army circles, being the last of those from Oneida county who during the war of the rebellion earned the title of gen- eral. His figure was a familiar one upon our streets and his passing will be mourned not by his relatives and friends alone, but also by all Uticans who recognized in him a sterling, public-spirited citizen. Gen. Daggett was born in New Ber- lin, Chenango county, October 6, 1833, and received his early education in the district schools and academy at that place. When 12 years old he came to Utica, where he learned the trade of tinsmith and later conducted a store on South street. At the break- ing out of the civil war he enlisted in Company B, Fourteenth Regiment, New York State Volunteers, and served with distinction throughout the war. His gallantry won for him many promotions and when he left the serv- ice at the close of the war it was with the brevet brigadier general's com- mission. In 1865 he returned to Utica and for a year conducted a clothing establish- ment on Genesee street in what was known as the old Pine Block. He later removed to Unadilla Forks, where he opened a hardware store and continued in business for nearly 20 years. In 1885 he went on the road as traveling salesman for a hardware firm andd was employed in that ca- pacity for 15 years. He then returned to Utica and in 1900 was appointed postamster, succeeding Dr. E. Prentiss Bailey. He served two terms very successfully and upon the expiration of his term of office retired from ac- tive business life. In politics Mr. Daggett was a Re- publican. Since 1885 he had been a member of Post McQuade, No. 14, G. A.R. and stood high in the offices of ization. He was a member of Post B, of the Commercial Travel- ers' Association, and also of the Com- mercial Travelers' Mutual Accident association of America. While living at Unadilla Forks he became a mem- ber of Western Star Lodge, No. 15, F. & A.M., located at Bridgewater, and had maintained his interest in it ever since. In 1859 he married Miss Me- linda Truax, a niece of John Butter- field, who survives with the following children: Mrs. J.F. Dively, of Pittston, Pa.; Mrs. Theodore Gachwind, of Utica; and R.E. Dag- gett, of Syracuse.
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