Biography of Charles A. Dunham
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Charles Augustus Dunham. - One of the best liked business men of Watertown is Charles A. Dunham, who is cashier of the Jefferson County National Bank and for many years has been identified with that institution. He was born Sept. 28, 1879, at Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, N. Y., the son of William H. and Adaline (Crammon) Dunham.

William H. Dunham was born in Jefferson County, the son of Capt. Noah and Susan (Horton) Dunham, natives of Chaumont, N. Y. The father was a captain on the Great Lakes during his life time. He is buried at Cape Vincent. William H. Dunham was a stationary engineer in early life and later was a marine engineer on the Great Lakes. He is now living retired at Cape Vincent, N. Y. He is a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Church, and served as deputy sheriff of Jefferson County. His wife, who was born at Wolf Island, Ontario, Canada, died in 1916. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunham: Barbara, wife of Clarence Radley, resides in Jefferson County; Gertrude, married Charles Miller, Cape Vincent, N. Y.; Addie, wife of C. G. Solar, Watertown, N. Y.; Charles Augustus, the subject of this sketch; William, who died in 1921; and Anna, wife of Bruce Colchet, Kingston, Ont.

Charles Augustus Dunham received his education in the public schools of Cape Vincent, and with the exception of four years, which he spent as a clerk in a grocery store, he has been identified with the Jefferson County National Bank for the whole period of his business career, winning promotion from messenger through various positions until, on Oct. 7, 1925, he was made cashier, succeeding D. D. Schuyler. In addition to filling the post of cashier, Mr. Dunham is secretary of its Board of Directors and assistant trust officer. In 1928 he was elected a director of the First National Bank of Dexter, N. Y.

During the World War Mr. Dunham was in full charge of the Liberty Loan work connected with the bank and was instrumental in selling over $7,000,000 worth of bonds. He was at one time a member of the 39th Separate Company, of Watertown, and holds membership in the Black River Valley Club and has served as assistant treasurer. He is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, and for eleven years was captain of their bowling team. For many years Mr. Dunham played professional baseball and was and is well known in baseball circles. He is a member of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Golf Club and the Watertown Golf Club. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watertown.

Mr. Dunham married, Aug. 24, 1904, Miss Elizabeth F. Schuyler, of Three Mile Bay, Jefferson County, the daughter of John L. and Adelia (Main) Schuyler. They are the parents of four children: 1. Katherine S., a graduate of Watertown High School, married Albert Brundage Scholl, principal of the Arsenal and State Street School. He is a veteran of the World War and served in France. They have two children, Peter Dunham and Albert Brundage, Jr. 2. Marguerite A., a graduate of Watertown High School, married Ronald Goutermont, of Norwood, N. Y., and they have a son, Ronald, Jr. 3. Dorothy A., a graduate of Watertown High School, a stenographer in the offices of the Jefferson Securities Corporation. 4. Charles W., born Sept. 9, 1918, a student.

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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