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Bingham, Charles D., son of Rev. Isaac S. and Jane (Mills) Bingham, was born in Carthage, Jefferson county, N. Y., April 5, 1846. His education was begun in the public schools and completed at Falley Seminary and Rome Academy. After completing his schooling he entered the office of the Northern Christian Advocate, of which his father was editor, at Auburn, N. Y. 'rhe war of the Rebellion was now at fever heat, and at the age of eighteen years he enlisted in the 3d N. Y. Light Artillery, serving his country faithfully until the close of the war. At the end of this service he accepted a position in a wholesale hardware store at Rome as bookkeeper, which position he held for three years, when he accepted a like position with a wholesale grocery house. In 18i0 he removed to Watertown to accept a position with the fIrm of Ten Eyck, TJtley & Co., in whose employ he remained three years. He at this date engaged in business on his own account, in company with E. B. Sterling, under the firm name of Sterling & Bingham, which copartnership continued for three years. In 1877 he became secretary and treasurer of the Eames Vacuum Brake Co., which position he held until 1883. We next find Mr. Bingham with the Sun Insurance Co., in whose employ be remained until August, 1887, when he became connected with the Bagley & Sewall Co., first in the capacity of bookkeeper, and in 1889 was elected secretary, and in 1897 treasurer, which responsible position he now fills. Mr. Bingham has always taken an active part in Masonic circles, having been elected grand warden of the Grand Cornmandery of New York, and received the 33d and final degree in Masonry at Pittsburg in September, 1896. In May, 1868, he married Sophie, daughter of Nathan and Eliza (Tibbitts) Button, of Rome, N. Y., and to them have been born six daughters, three now living: Grace, Anne, arid Josephine. Mr. Bingham is one of Watertown's thorough going and progressive business men, and is highly esteemed by all who know him.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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