Daniel S. Lamont spent his boyhood years in the Lamont home in McGrawville, attending school in McGraw, at Cortland Normal, and at Union College. At age 20 he became Deputy Clerk of the State Assembly, became a friend of Grover Cleveland, and when Cleveland became Governor of New York State, he made Mr. Lamont his Military Secretary, with the rank of Colonel. When Cleveland became President, he took Colonel Lamont to Washington as his secretary. Later he appointed him Secretary of War. Lamont was married to Juliette Kinney, daughter of Orson Kinney of McGraw, after whom OK St. was named. Daniel and Juliette had four daughters, one of whom was Miss Elizabeth Lamont, who in later years with her Mother conceived the idea of converting the old homestead into a public library. In 1906 Mrs. Lamont purchased 1,000 books ( we still have some of them) and on February 22, 1907 opened the front portion of her home as a library. On August 21, 1945, Miss Elizabeth Lamont deeded the building and grounds to the Village, and it is still being used in that manner. We are fortunate to have a nice collection of photos and information of the Lamont family.
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