Biography of Bernard A. Gray
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Bernard A. Gray. - As president of the Northern New York Trust Company, Mr. Gray is one among the influential figures in the business life of Watertown. He was born at Canton, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1889, the son of Frank E. and Nora (Welch) Gray.

Frank E. Gray has been a resident of Watertown since 1916 and now lives retired. He is a native of Russell, St. Lawrence County. His wife, born at Brooklyn, N. Y., died Jan. 26, 1922, and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown. Mr. Gray is a Republican, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. There were five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Gray: 1. Frank L., lives at Detroit, Mich. 2. Edith, who died in 1908. 3. Bernard A., the subject of this sketch. 4. Bernadine, married Sherman Stewart, lives at Watertown. 5. Jessie A., lives at Watertown.

Bernard A. Gray obtained his early schooling at Canton and Black River, N. Y. After his graduation from high school in 1907 he entered Union College, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1911. He then entered the Albany Law School and later he came to Watertown and read law in the offices of Pitcher & O'Brien and was admitted to the New York bar in December, 1913. At that time he was appointed clerk of the Surrogate Court, and served in that capacity until Jan. 1, 1917, when he became trust officer of the Northern New York Trust Company. Mr. Gray was promoted to secretary and treasurer in July, 1924, and became vice president and trust officer in January, 1926. He has held the responsible office of president of the institution since Jan. 16, 1931.

On Aug. 4, 1914, Mr. Gray was united in marriage with Miss Ruth Goldthwaite, who died Sept. 26, 1930. She is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the daughter of William W. and Emma A. (Peterson) Goldthwaite, who were natives of New York, both now deceased. They are buried at Great Bend, N. Y. To Bernard A. and Ruth (Goldthwaite) Gray was born a daughter, Jane, born April 1, 1917.

Politically, Mr. Gray is a Republican. He holds membership in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Kiwanis Club, past president; Black River Valley Club, president during 1928-29; Jefferson County Golf Club; and Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of Group No. 4, New York Bankers Association in 1928, and belongs to the Jefferson County Bar Association.

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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