Biography of Jasper W. Cornaire
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Hon. Jasper W. Cornaire. - One of the representative professional men of Jefferson County is Jasper W. Cornaire, a leading lawyer of Watertown, and a member of the General Assembly. He was born at Cape Vincent. Jefferson County, March 12, 1877, the son of Louis and Belle (Herrick) Cornaire.

Louis Cornaire, who was born at Cape Vincent, was the son of Jean and Margaret (Auberten) Cornaire, natives of France. They were early settlers of Jefferson County and spent many years at Cape Vincent. Their son, Louis, became a successful farmer of that section. He died in 1900 and his wife died in 1903. Both are buried at Cape Vincent. She was the daughter of Hiram and Chastine Herrick, who were natives of New York and well known citizens of Lyme. Mr. Cornaire was a Democrat and a member of the Episcopal Church. There were two sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Cornaire: George, a farmer, lives at Cape Vincent; and Jasper W., the subject of this sketch.

Jasper W. Cornaire first attended the public schools of Three Mile Bay, N. Y., and was graduated from Clayton High School in 1905. He received the degree of LL. B. from Albany Law School in 1909, and during that year was admitted to the New York State bar. He began his professional career at Clayton, later was located at Cape Vincent, and in 1928 removed to Watertown, where he has since been associated with the firm of Cornaire & Donaldson, as senior member.

Mr. Cornaire began his public career as special Surrogate Judge of Jefferson County in January, 1912, and was reelected to that office in 1914, 1917, and 1920. In the fall of 1924 he was elected as assemblyman from Jefferson County, and assumed the duties of office Jan. 1, 1925. He was reelected in November, 1925, and in November, 1927. During 1926-28 he was chairman of the State Industrial Survey Committee, and he has also been a member of the judiciary, insurance, commerce, and navigation committees. He served as a member of the New York State bridge commission, and as a member of the Lien Law Committee, which investigated the building industry in New York State. During 1931 there was a total of 25 bills successfully passed by Mr. Cornaire out of 33 which were introduced by him. He is a Republican in politics and from 1921 until 1926 was chairman of the Jefferson County Republican committee.

Mr. Cornaire is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and has the following lodge and club affiliations: Watertown Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 49; Watertown Chapter, R. A. M., No. 59; Watertown Commandery, K. T. No. 11; Media Temple; B. P. O. Elks, No. 496; F. O. Eagles; Loyal Order of Moose; Phi Delta Phi fraternity; and Black River Valley Club. He also belongs to the Jefferson County and New York State Bar associations.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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