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Gaynor, William Jay (02 February 1848–10 September 1913), jurist and mayor, was born in Whitesboro, New York, the son of Keiron K. Gaynor, a blacksmith and farmer, and Elizabeth Handwright. After attending Assumption Academy and De La Salle Institute, both run by the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic teaching order, Gaynor entered the order as a novice in 1863 and for four years taught in parochial schools in Baltimore and Saint Louis. In 1868 he gave up teaching and studied law in Utica, New York; he was admitted to the bar in 1871. After a brief stay in Boston, Gaynor moved in 1873 to Brooklyn, New York, and the following year he married Emma Vesta Hyde. The childless marriage ended in divorce in 1881; Gaynor wed Augusta Cole Mayer in 1886 and with her had eight children, seven of whom lived to adulthood....

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Hamtramck, John Francis (19 April 1798–21 April 1858), soldier, mayor, and jurist, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John F. Hamtramck, Sr., a soldier, and Rebecca Mackenzie. When his father died in Detroit in 1803, Hamtramck fell under the guardianship of ...

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Radcliff, Jacob (20 April 1764–06 May 1844), politician, lawyer, and judge, was born in Rhinebeck, New York, the son of William Radcliff, a lawyer and revolutionary war officer, and Sarah Kip. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1783 and read law for three years in the Poughkeepsie, New York, office of ...