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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.

Daniel Manning

Hon. Daniel Manning, son of John, was born in Albany, August 16, 1831, and died there December 24, 1887. He received a good public school education and when twelve years of age entered the office of the Albany Argus, where, by his natural abilities, he rose gradually through the various grades until he became manager of the paper. In 1873 he was elected president of the Argus Company, which position he held until his death. He devoted much study to our banking system, became well versed in all great financial matters and was an authority on different questions in this department. He was a trustee of the National Savings Bank, became vice-president of the National Commercial Bank in 1881 and at the death of Hon. Robert H. Pruyn in 1882, was elected president of the latter institution. He also gave much attention to railroad matters and was especially interested in the Albany & Susquehanna line. His political career was a most brilliant one, beginning about 1872, and for many years he was the recognized leader in Albany of the Democratic party. He was a member of the State Democratic Conventions from 1874 to 1884, a member of the Democratic State Committee from 1874 to 1885, secretary of the same in 1879-811 and chairman from 1881 to 1884, and a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions of 1870, 1880, and 1884, serving as chairman of that body in 1880 and of the New York delegation in 1884, when Grover Cleveland was first nominated for the presidency, an event largely due to the political sagacity and bold leadership of Mr. Manning. In March, 1885, President Cleveland appointed him secretary of the treasury at Washington, which position he resigned in April, 1887, in consequence of failing health. The last official appointment which he accepted was the presidency of the Western National Bank of New York. As an able and sound financier and as a successful politician, his name will live in the pages of American history through coming generations. In 1853 Mr. Manning married Mary Little, who died in 1882. There were four children: James Hilton Manning, so long identified with the Argus, and Frederick Clinton Manning, a prominent engraver of Albany, are his sons; and two daughters, Mary E., wife of Jules C. Van der Oudermeuluen; Anna, wife of John A. Delehanty. November 19, 1884, he married Mary Margaretta Fryer, daughter of William J. Fryer, of Albany.

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