Charles Austin Phelps. - A prominent attorney of Watertown, Mr. Phelps is also widely known as a far sighted
business man, being identified with the publishing business in this city as president of the Standard Publishing
Company. He holds a place of sincere regard in the general esteem, his legal activities having been centered in
this city and county from the beginning of his career.
Mr. Phelps was born at Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County, Sept. 28, 1879, the son of Austin A. and Frances (Gilmore)
Phelps. Mr. Austin A. Phelps was president of the First National Bank, of Dexter, N. Y. He and his wife are both
deceased and are buried in Sackets Harbor. The latter died Sept. 1, 1931.
Charles Austin Phelps attended the public schools, and Union Academy, and was graduated from the Law School of
Cornell University in 1900 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Upon his admission to the bar in 1901, Mr. Phelps
established himself in practice in Watertown under his own name, but in 1906 formed a partnership with Edward N.
Smith, who is now justice of the Supreme Court, and he continued thus until Mr. Smith was elevated to the bench
in 1923. Mr. Phelps, engaged in general practice, is a member of the Jefferson County and New York Bar Associations.
As mentioned above, he is also president of the Standard Publishing Company, of Watertown, and a member of the
board of directors of the First National Bank, of Dexter.
In 1912 Mr. Phelps married Miss Helen MacIntosh, of Perth, Ontario, Canada.
A Republican in his political views, Mr. Phelps is a representative citizen in all movements for the good of the
community, and he has served on the aldermanic board. During the World War he was active in the drives and Liberty
Loan and Red Cross interests, and served also as a member of the local Draft Board. Fraternally, he is affiliated
with Watertown Lodge No. 49, F. & A. M.; Watertown Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M.; Watertown Commandery No. 11,
K. T.; Media Temple; and B. P. O. Elks No. 496. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln League, Black River
Valley Club, of which he is president, and Jefferson County Golf Club. He is also a director of the Northern New
York Trust Company of Watertown. In June of 1931 he became one of the trustees of the house of the Good Samaritan.
Mr. and Mrs. Phelps are prominent members of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown.
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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