Biography of Hon. Andrew Cornwall

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Cornwall, Hon. Andrew, was born at Pultneyville, Wayne county, N. Y., March 14, 1814. His father, Andrew Cornwall, was a direct descendant from Andrew Cornwall who came from England and settled at Portland, Conn., where three generations are buried. Andrew Cornwall, the fourth, moved from Connecticut to Rochester when it was a small village and from there to Wayne county, where he carried on cabinet making and afterwards farming. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Martin, and they had six children, three of whom survive; Andrew, Ansel and Charles. Andrew Cornwall was educated in the common schools and at the age thirteen entered the employ of John Reynolds and remained with him thirteen years. For three years he followed the lakes and in 1844 came to Redwood and entered the employ of the Glass Company as manager of the store. In 1846 he came to Alexandria Bay and formed the copartnership with Lyman Walton and engaged in supplying fuel to the river traffic, buying 5,000 acres on Wells Island, the smaller islands being added to the sale as of no value, and it can be said that the islands now occupied by George Pullman, Hart Islands, were in turn given away to those who would build on them, including the site of the Thousand Island Hotel. In 1843 he married Mary, daughter of Colonel Calhoun. Mrs. Cornwall died in 1890, heaving four sons: Andrew C., Charles W., John I. and Harvey A., who flow constitute the firm of Cornwall Bros., general merchants and agents for all railroad and steamboat lines centering at Alexandria Bay. Mr. Cornwall is one of the conservative, upright men of Northern New York and through his foresight and liberality, the Thousand Islands of to day became possible. In 1867 he served a term in the Legislature, and supporting educational and religious institutions, has ever advanced the best interests of his town and its people.



FROM:
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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