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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Col. Selden E. Marvin, Jr.

Col. Selden Erastus Marvin, Jr., eldest son of Gen. Selden Erastus and Katharine Langdott (Parker) Marvin, was born in the homestead of his maternal grandfather, the late Judge Amasa J. Parker, on Washington avenue, in Albany, on the 1st of December, 1869. He attended the Albany Academy and from there entered St. Paul's School at Concord, N. H., where he took quite an active interest in athletic sports. As a member of one of the football teams of that institution he received an injury which resulted in his return to Albany, where he re-entered the Albany Academy and graduated there from in June, 1888. He then spent one year at the Hopkinson School in Boston, and in the fall of 1889 entered Harvard University, from which he graduated in full course with the degree of A. B. in 1893. While there he was treasurer and president one year each of the University Glee Club. Upon his graduation he returned to Albany and was appointed instructor in English at the Albany Academy, and gradually increased the scope of his work there until he also taught Latin, German, and elementary subjects. At the close of the fall term in December, 1894, he resigned this position to accept at the hands of Gov. Levi P. Morton the appointment of military secretary, with the rank of colonel, on the governor's staff, the duties of which he assumed on January 1, 1895. He has ably and creditably tilled this important office since that date.

Colonel Marvin is a member of the Fort Orange, Press and Country Clubs, of Albany, and for many years has been especially active and deeply interested in musical affairs, being a prominent member of the choir of All Saints Cathedral. He studied music for four years in Boston under A. R. Reed, a pupil and an intimate friend of William Shakespeare, the celebrated authority on the Italian School of Vocal Culture, of London, England.

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