Henry S. De Forest
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 23rd district
March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1913
|George N. Southwick|
|Joseph A. Goulden|
|Mayor of Schenectady|
Henry Schermerhorn De Forest
February 16, 1847
Schenectady, New York
|Died||February 13, 1917 (aged 69)|
Schenectady, New York
Lucie E. Van Epps
|Education||Eastman Business College|
Henry Schermerhorn DeForest was born in Schenectady, New York on February 16, 1847. He was the third son of Sarah (née Vedder) De Forest and Obadiah Lansing De Forest, who was first elected deputy sheriff on the Know Nothing ticket, and then three terms as the Democratic sheriff of Schenectady in 1855.
His paternal grandparents were Jacob De Forest and Anna (née Lansing) De Forest.
DeForest was a farmer, and specialized in the production of broom corn. He was also successful businessman, with interests including real estate, which made him the city's largest landlord. He was also a building contractor, with his company constructing more than 1,000 homes in the Schenectady area. In addition, he was active in banking as a board of directors member for the Citizens' Trust Companies. After the advent of the automobile, DeForest owned a Pierce dealership in Schenectady.
He served as Schenectady's City Recorder from 1883 to 1885. He served as Mayor from 1885 to 1887 and 1889 to 1891. As Mayor he successfully advocated for General Electric to locate in Schenectady when it was formed from the mergers of several other companies, including Edison Machine Works, which had moved to Schenectady in 1886. As a result of his efforts, the expanded GE located in Schenectady in 1892.
DeForest died in Schenectady on February 13, 1917 and was interred in Vale Cemetery in Schenectady. His widow died on September 5, 1930.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
George N. Southwick
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Joseph A. Goulden
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