Daniel Segur
From Herkimer County to Oneida County
Prominent Politician of Toledo, OH

Daniel Segur died at Toledo, September 5, 1876. He was born in Herkimer County, New York, in 1812. In 1815, the family removed to Oneida County, same State, the father engaging in milling. In 1827, the father died, when Daniel went to Utica for employment, as clerk in a hotel. Thence he went to Buffalo for like employment, and in 1832, he and a brother became proprietors of the Mansion House at Cleveland. A year later (1833) he came to Toledo and opened the Mansion House, on Summit Street, between Locust and Lagrange. Not long thereafter he became proprietor of the American Hotel, corner of Summit and Elm Streets (burned in 1861). Much of Mr. Segur's life was spent in public positions of various kinds. In 1838 he was elected to the City Council, and his connection with the City Government, with brief intervals, was continued to the year of his death. In 1845 he was appointed Collector of Canal tolls; and in 1858, Deputy Collector of Customs. He acted with the Whig party until 1855, from which time he was identified with the Democrats, in both of which relations he was active and influential. He left a wife (Mrs. Rosa L. Segur), a son (Daniel, Jr.) and a daughter, Fannie, Mrs. George W. Foster, now manager of the Erie Telegraph and Telephone Exchange at Dallas, Texas.

Information about Mr. Segur's widow and family from the 1880 Census of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio:

NameRelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupation Father's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Jeny SEGERDauSFemaleW24OHTeach School------
Danniel SEGERSonSMaleW21OHClerk In Office------
Jennette SEGERMotherWFemaleW68PRUSSIAAt Home------
National Archives Microfilm Number T9-1043, page 299A

Early Herkimer and Oneida County censuses show the following candidates for Daniel Segur's natal family or relatives:

JAMES SAGER NY Herkimer County 10010-10100
PETER SAGER NY Herkimer County 10101-00111
SAMUEL SEGAR NY Herkimer County 20010-10100
J. SAGER NY Oneida County 00010-10100
J. SEGAR NY Oneida County 00110-30010

JOHN SEGAR NY Oneida County Camden
JOSEPH SEGAR NY Oneida County Camden (Joseph and Elizabeth Segur, of Taberg, Oneida County)
MOSES SAGER NY Oneida County Lee

Daniel Segur's prominent career in public affairs began shortly after his arrival in Toledo. He was one of the first Fire Wardens of the City of Toledo, appointed December 29, 1837, as well as an early Sheriff. A collection of Segur Family papers are owned by the Manuscript Collection of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (Local History and Genealogy Department). There is also a Segur Avenue in Toledo.

The biographical sketch refers to his wife as Rosa L., who is probably Rosa L. Segur, the Toledo women's suffrage activist of the 1870s and 1880s, president of the Toledo Woman Suffrage Association, and lobbyist for an Ohio married women's property act in the late 1880s.

Information about Mr. Segur is to be found in the LDS records on line. However, entries state that his birth date was 1833, which is the year of his arrival in Toledo. Information in the same database regarding his son Daniel Jr. states that the son was born January 17, 1859 in Toledo, died June 11, 1917 in Toledo, and that his parents were Daniel Segur and Rosa L. Klinge. The "Jennette Segur" listed in the 1880 census with Rosa and Daniel Jr. couldn't possibly be Daniel Sr.'s mother, and would be Rosa's mother. "Fannie" of the biographical sketch and "Jeny" of the 1880 census are probably the same person.

The site coordinators would appreciate receiving any additional information or corrections to the above to add to this profile of a native son of Herkimer and Oneida Counties who made out very well for himself after moving "Out West."

Sources: "History of the city of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio." Clark Waggoner, editor. New York and Toledo: Munsell & Company, 1888, the LDS online database, and many sites mentioning the pioneering women's rights activities of Rosa L. Segur.

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