GEORGE W. McCOY, principal of the Toronto school, and one of the prominent educators of Jefferson county, was born in Jefferson county, May 17, 1848. He is the son of Alexander McCoy, a native of Ohio, a farmer by occupation and still a worthy and respected resident of this county. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Rose, was the mother of four children, all of whom are living. She died in 1859. George W. McCoy received his early education in the common schools and subsequently studied in the collegiate institutions at Mt. Vernon, Mushingum and Lebanon. He was then employed in farming for several years, after which he engaged in teaching, the profession for which he had prepared himself, and which he was destined to achieve notable success in. In 1879 he came to Toronto, and accepted a position in the public schools, with which he had noe been connected for ten years. In 1885 he established the grade in the schools, and laid the foundations of their present high degree of usefulness. In addition to his other duties Mr. McCoy has since 1880 served as school examiner. In 1869 he was married to Anna, daughter of John Crawford, and there have been born to them four children: Ada, Maude, Mary and one that died in infancy. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and is a comrade of the G. A. R. His title to membership in the latter organization he won by one year's service in the army of the Union, in which he enlisted in 1864, though then but a boy in years. In politics Mr. McCoy is a republican.
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