April 6 – Happy Birthday David Demarest Cassidy

DavidCassidy2David Demarest Cassidy Sr. was one of Amsterdam’s most distinguished citizens during the second half of the 19th century and right up until he passed away in 1914. Born in the Town of Florida on April 6, 1827, Cassidy’s father died when he was just four years old and both of his siblings failed to survive infancy.

Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant then came to Amsterdam in 1844 and took a job as a clerk in the general store then owned by John Sanford, the founder of the Sanford family rug empire. It was a good first job for Cassidy because in addition to giving him a direct connection to the Sanford’s, it gave him high visibility within the Amsterdam business community and he took advantage of the opportunity by impressing everyone with his strong work ethic and professional and courteous demeanor. But this young man had higher aspirations than clerking in a general store.  After working there for three years he had saved enough money to pay for the furthering of his education at the Poughkeepsie Classical Institute. After completing a six month course of study, he walked the one-hundred-plus miles back to Amsterdam and in 1849, took a job as clerk in this town’s very first financial institution, the Farmers’ Bank.

During the next four decades, Cassidy devoted most of his waking hours to…

The rest of David D. Cassidy’s birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

Cassidy shares his April 6 birthday with this man who ran one of Amsterdam’s great restaurants.

 

 

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