EDWARD MCCHESNEY was born in the town of Brunswick, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., in the year 1828. His great-grandfather, Robert McChesney, in company with three brothers, emigrated to America from County Monaghan, Ireland, in the year 1764, and settled in the town of Brunswick. He had eight children. His grandfather was born in 1760, reared a family of fifteen children, and died in 1830. His father, Jonas C. McChesney, was born in 1802, reared a family, and has followed agricultural pursuits during his life, and now living — 1879. Mr. Edward McChesney has always resided in the town of his nativity, except from 1853 to 1863, when he resided in the adjoining town of Pittstown. He received a good education while young. He has taken an active part in politics and all questions of interest to the citizens of his town and county. In 1856 he was elected to the office of justice of the peace, which office he continues to fill in 1879; and for two terms, 1870-71, he was one of the associate judges of Rensselaer County. He is a man of good judgment, integrity, and honesty of purpose, and respected by all who know him.