Stuart D. Lansing. - In the death of Stuart D. Lansing on Sept. 3, 1927, the city of Watertown lost one of its
most prominent business men and esteemed citizens. He was one of the founders of the Jefferson County Historical
Society, of which he was president, and he was also president of the Bagley & Sewall Company at the time of
Mr. Lansing was born in Watertown, Nov. 21, 1866, the son of Dr. Edward S. and Mary (Sherman) Lansing. When a small
child his family removed to Burlington, N. J., where he received his early education. In 1884 he entered the University
of Pennsylvania from which he was graduated in 1888 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was a member of Delta
Phi fraternity and served as manager of the varsity baseball team. He was one of the organizers of the Pennsylvania
Athletic Association, with which he was actively identified until his graduation.
After leaving college Mr. Lansing came to Watertown and entered the employ of the Bagley & Sewall Company as
an office boy. At that time the company manufactured printing presses exclusively, but in 1888 had begun the manufacture
of paper mill machinery, and since that time has developed into one of the largest paper mill machine manufacturing
companies in the world. Mr. Lansing was elected secretary of the company in 1897, and continued in that capacity
until 1913, when he was elected vice president. On May 25, 1915, he became president. Under his direction the company
prospered. He was recognized as one of the hardest working business men in this city. He seldom took a vacation
and could always be found busy at the plant. He was well liked by the employes and was a capable executive.
Mr. Lansing devoted much time to the study of the history of Jefferson County and as a result of this interest
he became president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Dec. 4, 1922, which office he held until his death.
For many years Mr. Lansing was interested in the Crescent Yacht Club, and during 1914-15 served as its commodore.
He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, and did much to promote international races between
this and other Canadian clubs, and the Crescent and American yacht clubs. He belonged to the Black River Valley
Club. He was a member of the Engineers Club of New York City, the Fortnightly Club of Watertown, the Technical
Association of the Pulp and Paper industry, the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, and a number of other organizations.
He was president of the Watertown Board of Education from 1916-17, and his term of office as a member of the board
expired Dec. 31, 1919. He was elected president of the Jefferson County National Bank in 1924. He later resigned
and was made president of the board of directors of that institution and served in that capacity until his death.
Mr. Lansing was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was one of the wardens of that church. He was elected
as a delegate several times from the diocese of Central New York to the General Conventions of the Episcopal Church.
In 1894 Mr. Lansing married Miss Carrie Sherman Bagley, the daughter of George A. and Sabine (Clark) Bagley. Their
children are: Edward S., TenEyck, Mrs. Sabine Fullinwider and Stuart D., Jr., deceased.
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
Jefferson County, NY
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