Biography of Chauncey C. Cornwell


Cornwell, Chauncey C., Buffalo, son of Harvey D. and Olive Graves (Hulbert) Cornwell, was born October 13. 1839, in Middletown. Conn., where he received his education, attending the public schools, graduating from the high school and finishing at the Wesleyan University. He was bookkeeper in a large flouring mill there for five years, and in Febrnary, 1865, enlisted as a fireman in the U. S. Navy, serving in the Gulf Squadron two years; in 1867 he re-enlisted and served with an experimental corps testing engines on new steam ships. He was promoted to the position of paymaster's clerk. In 1869 he became a fireman in a large silk mill in Willimantic, and in 1870 removed to Newark, N. J., as chief engineer for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which position he held seven years. There he was successively with John D. Cutter & Co. for four years, engaged in the manufacture of bags and satchels, and for two years chief engineer for the Essex County Insane Asylum. In January, 1887, he removed to Holyoke, Mass., as chief engineer for the Winona Paper Company, and in the spring of 1889 came to Buffalo, where he was chief engineer for the General Electric Company for five years. In 1894 he became chief engineer of the Niagara Falls Paper Company and in 1895 accepted his present position as chief engineer of the D. S. Morgan building. Mr. Cornwell is one of the most capable and best known stationary enginers in Western New York. He is a member of the National Association of Stationary Engineers, president of one of the local bodies (Keystone No. 50), a member of the Naval Veterans' Association, and past grand of Protection Lodge No. 28, I. O. O. F., and past chancellor of St. Paul's Lodge No. 29, K. P., both of Newark, N. J. January 24, 1861, he married Maria G. Leonard, of Middletown, Conn., who died May 27, 1884, leaving two children, Alice R. and Gertrude L. He married, second, April 27, 1887, Catherine J. Lynch, of Newark, N. J.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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