Biography of Lucien C. Mitchell
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Lucien Cornelius Mitchell. - As president of the J. B. Wise Company, manufacturers of bathroom supplies, Mr. Mitchell is recognized as a substantial business man and leading citizen of Watertown. He was born at Orleans, Jefferson County, in 1876, the son of Isaac and Catherine L. (Bort) Mitchell. The former, a native of Jefferson County, was a prosperous farmer and well known shipper of cattle. He was a political leader and represented his district in the New York Assembly. He died in 1893 and his wife died in 1922.

Lucien Cornelius Mitchell was educated in the public schools of Adams, N. Y., and attended the old collegiate institute at that place. Practically his entire life has been associated with the J. B. Wise Company, and during his long period of service with the company he has been clerk, and advancing through every grade in the various departments, finally became treasurer and later president.

The J. B. Wise Company was founded in 1876 by Joseph B. Wise, and the plant was originally located on Factory Street. It was later moved to the present location on Mill Street. In 1911 the business had so prospered that it was incorporated as the J. B. Wise Company, with J. B. Wise as president, C. R. Wise as vice president, and Mary Corliss, as secretary. Lucien C. Mitchell was treasurer. Upon the death of the president in 1916 his son succeeded him, and at the death of C. R. Wise in 1919, Mr. Mitchell became president.

The company originally manufactured sewing machine hardware, but discontinued this product in 1889, and devoted its equipment to the manufacture of bathroom supplies. Now recognized as one of the largest plants in its line in New York, it has over 100,000 square feet of floor space, employs 225 workers, and sends its products throughout the world.

Since 1919 Mr. Mitchell has conducted the business along the safe and wise principles established by its founder, and he also has injected new life and energy into the organization, the result of his long experience and his enthusiasm and ability. Mr. Mitchell is also a director of the Jefferson County National Bank; vice president and director of the Community Building Corporation; director of the Standard Publishing Company; and director of the Woodruff Holding Corporation.

In 1905 Mr. Mitchell was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Thompson, of Watertown, the daughter of George and Lydia (Hall) Thompson, both deceased. The former was well known as a banker in Kansas. To Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell was born a son, William T., born Dec. 20, 1909.

In politics Mr. Mitchell is a Republican. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, and has the following lodge and club affiliations: Watertown Lodge No. 49, F. & A. M.; Watertown Chapter, R. A. M.; Watertown Commandery, K. T.; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; Media Temple; B. P. O. Elks; Kiwanis Club, charter member; Chamber of Commerce, director; Black River Valley Club; Jefferson County Golf Club; and Thousand Island Country 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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