Biography of Hon. Henry J. Kimball
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Hon. Henry J. Kimball. - As County Judge in Jefferson County, Henry J. Kimball is among the influential and highly esteemed citizens of Watertown. He was born at Rutland, Jefferson County, Nov. 18, 1889, the son of Fred H. and Mary Ann (Jones) Kimball.

Fred H. Kimball and his wife are natives of Rutland. In early life he was interested in general farming but is now identified with Marcy Buck & Winslow, Inc., Watertown. He is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kimball have three children: Henry J., the subject of this sketch; Jessie, married David B. Otis; and Fred H. All live in Watertown.

Fred H. Kimball is the son of Henry N. and Caroline (Wadley) Kimball, natives of Rutland and Albany, N. Y. respectively. Both are deceased and are buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. Mary Ann (Jones) Kimball is the daughter of Joseph H. and Ann (Williams) Jones, the former a native of Oneida County, N. Y., and the latter of Wales. They are deceased.

Henry N. Kimball was the son of Dr. Crafts P. and Mercy (Porter) Kimball. He was born at Cherry Valley, N. Y. and his wife was a native of Connecticut. Doctor Kimball became a prominent pioneer physician of Watertown.

Henry J. Kimball attended the public schools of Watertown and entered Cornell University after his graduation in 1907 from Watertown High School. He received the degree of LL. B. in 1912 and after his admission to the bar entered the offices of Cobb & Cosgrove as a clerk. On Jan. 1, 1914, he engaged in private practice in Watertown. Mr. Kimball was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry at the outbreak of the World War, after attending the first officers training school at Madison Barracks, N. Y. In August, 1917, he was commissioned captain of infantry and was sent to Fort Oglethorp, Ga. as an instructor. Later he was transferred to Camp Dix, N. J. He was appointed camp judge advocate in June, 1918, and was discharged in December, 1918. Upon his return to Watertown Mr. Kimball became a junior member of the firm of Cobb, Cosgrove & Kimball, and in 1926, he was appointed trust officer of the Northern New York Trust Company.

Mr. Kimball was elected county judge in November, 1930, and assumed the duties of office on Jan. 1, 1931. He has always been a Republican, and has been secretary, treasurer and chairman of the county Republican committee. He was a delegate in 1928 to the Republican national convention at Kansas City, as a representative of the 32nd congressional district.

Mr. Kimball is president of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and holds membership in the New York State Bar Association. He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, past commander of the Army and Navy Post, American Legion, and belongs to the Black River Valley Club, Jefferson County Golf Club, and Crescent Yacht Club. He was president and one of the founders of the Kiwanis Club in Watertown, and served as first vice president of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

In 1918 Mr. Kimball was united in marriage with Miss Carola Craig, the daughter of Dr. Clark R. and Ella (Spencer) Craig. He was born at Chambersburg, Pa., and for many years was a prominent physician of Philadelphia. His wife was born in Hawaii, of American parentage. They both are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Kimball have two children, Clark Craig, and Mary Spencer.

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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