Perley Keyes was an early settler in Watertown
. Keyes was involved in many areas during the early years in Watertown
and Jefferson County
. In 1805, he was named a Jefferson County
Judge. He was a stockholder in the Black River Cotton and Woolen Company, which was formed in 1813. In 1820, Keyes ran for United States Congress against Micah Sterling
, but lost. In 1824, Keyes started a newspaper in Watertown
, called the Watertown Freeman
Keyes was involved in the notorious Whittlesey affair
, which involved the robbery of money being transported to Jefferson County
to pay the militias during the War of 1812
. Keyes was one of the sureties of the money, and therefore his responsibiity. Keyes, along with Jason Fairbanks
, were instrumental in solving the case.
Keyes Avenue in Watertown
is named for him.
Jefferson County Pioneers
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