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John GRIFFIN of Cuba, NY

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John GRIFFIN of Cuba, NY

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Posted: 898084800000
Classification: Biography
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Civic History and Illustrated Progress of Cuba, Allegany Co., N.Y., 1822-1910, by John Stearns Minard., p.10

JOHN GRIFFIN was the oldest member of this board [first town meeting of Cuba, NY, 5 March 1822], having seen fifty years. He came here from Seneca, Ontario Co., in 1818. He is described in the county history of 1879, as “a man of more than ordinary ability, generous, enterprising and public spirited, tall fearless and possessed of unusual muscular power.” He was the first appointed First Judge in the County in 1823, and was our first postmaster, his appointment bearing date July 1, 1824. He was a member of the State Senate in 1833-34-35-36. He was one of the men who held here in Cuba the first meeting called for the purpose of discussing the practicability and feasibility of the Genesee Valley Canal, which must have been in 1834 or 35, and made the first speech in the Senate in support of the enterprise. He was distinguished for his frequent use of strong, emphatic and extravagant language, and on occasion, it is said, could “swear like a trooper.”
For some years he and Judge THOMAS DOLE of Pike and CLARK CRANDALL of Alfred had much to do with things in Allegany, and very little was done in which they were not consulted.
He died in 1846 and was buried in our cemetery. No traces of his descendants can now be learned though he had a number of children.
Our Griffin Creek was named for JOHN GRIFFIN, and it will quite likely carry his name down to remote posterity . "His name is on your waters and ye may not wash it out."

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