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Subject: [WIGRANT] William J. McCoy, b. 1834 NY, d. 1897 (WI?)
Date: 21 Jan 2004 18:44:08 -0700
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Among the citizens of Beetown one of those best known throughout the county, at least to the present generation, was William J. McCoy. He was born in Argyle, New York, September 30, 1834, and came to Beetown in 1852. He followed teaming for some time and finally became a merchant. In 1880 he removed to Lancaster and engaged in farming and dealing in live stock. He was several times Chairman of the Town Board of Beetown, and in 1875 he entered a wider field of politics as the Democratic candidate for Assemblyman. Here he was remarkably successful, being elected in 1875 and thrice subsequently in a district usually Republican, developing a remarkable faculty of making and retaining friends. He died June 28, 1897.
Excerpted from *History of Grant County Wisconsin: Including its Civil, Political, Geological, Mineralogical, Archaeological and Military History and a History of the Several Towns,* by Castello N. Holford. Originally published in 1900 by The Teller Print, Lancaster, Wisconsin. Page 581.