James B. McKee, the popular and genial postmaster of the city of Cohoes, has held this important office since 1894. He was brought to this place when an infant by his father, Hugh McKee, and has led an active and political life in local affairs. He was one of the last village trustee before Cohoes was made a city in 1869. He is a Democrat and served two years as alderman. In 1874 he was elected a member of the School Board, serving four years, and in 1873 was appointed to the position of foreman on the Erie Canal, which held until 1880. He was later appointed to the same position on the canal and afterwards was superintendent of the canal for five years. Mr. McKee was born at West Troy in 1843. He was the son of a builder and his business life was begun with his father as a carpenter after his education at the Catholic Parochial School. He was ambitious to succeed in life and by persevering efforts became contractor and builder. A notable event of his life was the signing of the Father Matthew Temperance Pledge in 1850, a time of great excitement, which pledge has been faithfully kept nearly half a century.
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