Biography of Francis E. Cullen
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Francis E. Cullen, of the firm of Purcell, Cullen & Reynolds, Watertown, is a leading attorney of Jefferson and Oswego counties. He was born at Fulton, Oswego County, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1876, the son of Patrick Smith and Ellen (Reynolds) Cullen.

Patrick Smith Cullen was born near Dolgeville, Herkimer County, N. Y., May 5, 1845, and his wife was a native of the City of Oswego. He entered the employ of Armour & Company, at Ogdensburg, N. Y., in 1889, and later was connected with the company's plants in New York City, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam, N. Y. He was transferred by Armour & Company to Oswego in 1896, and after some time in that position became identified with the Ontario Brewing Company as vice president and manager. He served as commissioner of public works of the city of Oswego and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death, Oct. 30, 1918. His wife died May 25, 1922. Both are buried in St. Peter's Cemetery, Oswego. Mr. Cullen was a Democrat in politics, held membership in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Oswego and belonged to the Elks Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Cullen the following children were born: 1. Francis E., the subject of this sketch. 2. Dr. Thomas R., dentist, who lives at Oswego, N. Y. 3. Agnes T., a member of the faculty of Oswego High School. 4. Alice J. (first) deceased. 5. Alice J., a member of the faculty of Oswego High School. 6. John P., deceased.

The boyhood of Francis E. Cullen was spent at Fulton, N Y., and he was educated in the public schools of Fulton, Syracuse and Ogdensburg and St. Mary's Academy of Ogdensburg. He was graduated from St. Mary's Institute at Amsterdam in 1894, and received the degree of Ph. B. in 1898 at Union College. He then read law in the offices of Coon & Bentley at Oswego, and was admitted to the New York bar at Rochester in 1901. Mr. Cullen immediately began the practice of law in Oswego as a member of the firm of Cullen & Davis and later joined King, Bentley & Cullen. He has been a resident of Watertown and an associate of his present firm since April, 1910. He is, however, actively identified with the business and, civic life of Oswego, where he has served as corporation counsel and commissioner of education. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Oswego State Normal & Training School.

On Nov. 9, 1922, Mr. Cullen married Miss Mary Alice Patridge, the daughter of Christopher and Ann (Hogan) Patridge, the former a native of Oswego County, N Y., and the latter of Prescott, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Patridge is deceased, and is buried in St. Paul's Cemetery, Oswego. His widow lives in that city.

Mr. Cullen is identified with the Oswego County Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He holds membership in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church of Oswego and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Oswego Council No. 227; B. P. O. Elks, No. 271; Phi Delta Theta fraternity; Fortnightly Club of Oswego; Oswego Country Club; and Black River Valley Club.

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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