Genealogy and Local History
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Around the personality of the first principal of the old Plattsburg Academy, centers the interest one feels in the beginning of an important work.
Bela Edgerton was born in Franklin, Conn., in 1787. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1809.
In 1811, he married Phebe Ketchum, daughter of Joseph and Phebe Ketchum. She was a sister of Mrs. Judge De Lord afterward second wife of Hon. William Swetland; and of Mrs. Polly Averill, all of Plattsburg.
The old academy was built in 1811, the same year of Bela Edgerton's marriage: and "he became first head teacher in it with Benjamin Gilman as assistant." The stern necessities of war caused him to giving up teaching for a season, and he became a volunteer in the New York militia under Gen Benjamin Mooers, and took part in the battle of Plattsburgh on the fateful 11th of September, 1814.
After the war, he taught in Schuyler Falls Academy, at Chazy and elsewhere.
He represented Clinton county in the Assembly in 1826-7-8. He subsequently removed to Hicksville, Ohio, where he died in 1874.
Hon. Alfred P. Edgerton, his eldest son, became nationally distinguished and occupied high positions of honor and trust.