William C. Brady
The New York Red Book
By Edgar L. Murlin
J. B. Lyon Company, publishers 1907
William C. Brady, Republican member of Assembly from Greene county, may easily be called a self-made man. He was born in the town of Athens, Greene county, N. Y., September 26, 1852. That he came of good stock has been demonstrated in his career. His parents were in moderate circumstances, but highly respected, and the subject of this sketch was compelled at an early age to contribute his share toward the support of a large family. He attended the common schools until eleven years old, when he was obliged to quit school and become a wage-earner. He has continued his education, however, in the school of experience.
His business methods early won for him the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, and he has served them faithfully for twenty-five years as Town Clerk, Village Treasurer, and Supervisor. His services in these varied positions have been continuous and evidently highly satisfactory. Mr. Brady is a member of several social and secret organizations: has been D. D. G. C. of the Knights of Pythias, and is a member of Catskill Lodge 468, F. & A. M., and Custom Lodge, I. O. O. F. Mr. Brady was elected to the Assembly by the handsome majority of 753 over his Democratic competitor, Ira G. Tolley, of Cairo.
Speaker Nixon in 1905 appointed Mr. Brady a member of the following Assembly Committees: Labor and Industries, Affairs of Villages, and Public Printing.
Renominated in 1905 Mr. Brady was re-elected, receiving 4,189 votes to 3,326 cast for Newton A. Calkins, Democrat. Speaker Wadsworth then, in 1906, appointed him a member of the following Assembly Committees: Villages, Labor and Industries, Public Printing.
Renominated a second time in 1906 Mr. Brady received 4,70 vote to 3,715 for W. Mattice, Democrat and Independence League.
Speaker Wadsworth in 1907 appointed Mr. Brady a member of the following Assembly Committees: Chairman of Public Printing, member of Affairs of Villages, and Labor and Industries.