From a county history:
STALEY N. WOOD was born at Hinsdale, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., May 22, 1832. He was the son of Emery and Permelia (Marsh) Wood, old and respected pioneers, who settled in Hinsdale prior to the year 1820. He attended the public schools and the Hinsdale Academy, at the latter of which he completed his education.
He embarked in the mercantile business at his native village, in the fall of 1851. In 1857 he went to New York and engaged as a salesman in the wholesale boot and shoe house of A. & F. Reed, afterwards F. & L. B. Reed, and subsequently F. & L. B. Reed & Co., he being admitted into the firm in 1872. This co-partnership continued until Jan. 1, 1879, when Mr. Wood retired.
Mr. Wood has figured quite prominently in local politics. He is a Democrat, and his party has several times honored him with nominations for county offices, and twice for member of Assembly. In the fall of 1831 he was the candidate for that office, and was only defeated by four hundred seventeen votes in a district where the usual Republican majority was nearly fifteen hundred. In 1875 he reduced the prevailing majority of upwards of five hundred to ninety-seven, which speaks well for his general popularity.
He has been four times elected a supervisor, and in that responsible and arduous position gave very general satisfaction. He always evinced a desire to honestly represent his constituents, and to economically manage the interests of his town.
On the 2nd of June, 1853, he married Laura A. Foot, step-daughter of Bela Norton, formerly of Herkimer County, but for many years a prominent citizen of Hinsdale. They have had eight children, -four sons and four daughters, -of whom six (two sons and four daughters) survive.
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