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Below is a family biography included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1898.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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EDWARD DWIGHT BLODGETT, older son of Alonzo Dwight and Eleanor (Dickinson) Blodgett, was born in Cortland, Cortland County, N. Y., March 11, 1863, on the farm which now lies wholly within the corporate limits of the village of Cortland, a mile from the center of the village and which for three generations previous had been in the possession of the Blodgett family. He was educated at the State Normal and Training School at Cortland and at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., from which latter institution he was graduated in the class of 1887. For the first two years after leaving college, he was local editor of the Cortland Standard. From 1889 to 1892 he was teacher of Latin and Greek in the State Normal and Training School at Cortland, which position he resigned to become the secretary and treasurer of the Cortland Standard Printing Company, publisher of the Cortland Standard (daily, semi-weekly and weekly), and associate editor of the paper.

On June 13, 1894, he was married to Miss Bertha Eveleth Jones of Brocton, Mass., a graduate of Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., in the class of 1889. They have one daughter, Eleanor Dickinson Blodgett, born August 18, 1896.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in Book of Biographies: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, Cortland County, New York published in 1898. 

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