Biography of A. Raymond Cornwall
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





A. Raymond Cornwall is one of the prominent members of the Jefferson County bar, engaged in practice at Watertown, with offices in the Woolworth Building. He was born at Alexandria Bay, N. Y., April 30, 1883, the son of Andrew Calhoun and Julia (Fuller) Cornwall.

The Cornwall family came to the United States from England and settled on the present site of Portland, Conn., in the 17th century, William Cornwall being the first member of the family to come to the United States.

Andrew Calhoun Cornwall was born at Poultneyville, Wayne County, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1844. He became a prominent merchant of Alexandria Bay, where he carried on a business which was established by his father, and he was also a director of the National Bank & Loan Company, of Watertown, and a trustee of the Watertown Savings Bank. He was affiliated with Alexandria Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 297; Theresa Chapter, R. A. M. No. 149; Watertown Commandery, K. T. No. 11; and Media Temple. Mr. Cornwall was married on July 1, 1869, to Julia Fuller, and their children were: Bertha, married S. H. Countryman; Bessie, married H. Fred Ingelhart; Fuller F.; A. Raymond, the subject of this sketch; and Mary.

Andrew Calhoun Cornwall was the son of Hon. Andrew and Mary C. (Calhoun) Cornwall. He was born at Poultneyville, N. Y., March 25, 1814, and died Sept. 1, 1900. About 1846 he settled at Alexandria Bay, N. Y., where he became associated in business with Lyman Walton. The latter died in 1853 and at that time Mr. Cornwall continued the business with John F. Walton until April 1, 1877. Mr. Cornwall was a Democrat and held the office of postmaster of Alexandria Bay from 1857 until 1861. He also was supervisor from 1852 until 1856, and served on the War Committee during 1861-65. It was in 1867 that he was elected as a member of the New York State Legislature. He was married in January, 1843, to Mary C. Calhoun, who died Aug. 13, 1890.

A. Raymond Cornwall received his early education in the public schools of Alexandria Bay, N. Y., and is a graduate of Cascadilla Preparatory School. He received the degree of LL. B. from Cornell University in 1905, and immediately engaged in private practice in Watertown. At the present time he is general counsel for the Eastern Greyhound Lines.

Mr. Cornwall was married on June 6, 1910, to Miss Florence C. Clark, of Watertown, and they have a daughter, Betty.

Politically Mr. Cornwall has always been a Democrat. He held the office of postmaster of Watertown for a period of nine years, and served as Democratic chairman of the Watertown City Committee and chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Committee for one term. He holds membership in Trinity Episcopal Church, and belongs to Watertown Lodge F. & A. M. No. 49; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; Media Temple, Past Potentate; and B. P. O. Elks No. 496. He holds membership also in the following clubs: Black River Valley, Jefferson County Golf, Thousand Island Country. Thousand Island Yacht, Crescent Yacht, and Kiwanis.

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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