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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Harry M. Garvey

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 125 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Harry M. Garvey, a well-known and successful attorney of Utica, where he has practiced independently since 1915, is a worthy representative of one of the old and respected families of Oneida county. He was born at Oriskany Falls, New York, on the 10th of May, 1884, his parents being John and Mary Garvey of that place. His education was obtained in the grammar and high schools of Oriskany Falls and in Hamilton College of Clinton, New York, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1906. During the succeeding six years he devoted his attention to educational work as an instructor in the schools of Pulaski, Albion and Irvington, New York. He regarded this merely as an initial step to other professional labor, however, and in 1912 he came to Utica, where he took up the study of law in the office of Lee & Dowling, continuing his reading until admitted to the bar in 1915. He remained with the firm for one year thereafter and then entered upon an independent practice in Utica, where he has since built up an enviable clientage. From 1920 until 1923 he served as attorney for the sheriff's office in Oneida county. His thorough preparation and his clear and cogent presentation of a cause have been salient elements in the attainment of his present-day success. His fidelity to the interests of his clients is proverbial; yet he never forgets that he owes a higher allegiance to the majesty of the law.

On the 15th of May, 1914, Mr. Garvey was united in marriage to Miss Nina Deming, daughter of Oscar Deming of Amsterdam, New York, and representative of one of the earliest families of the Mohawk valley. Mr. Garvey is a republican in politics and has been active in political affairs. He has made an enviable reputation as an orator and is frequently called upon to address various civic and other organizations. He is a member of the Republican Club of the city of Utica, Lodge No. 53 [33?] of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the University Club of Utica.

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