William P. Rooney, who is identified with the St. Regis Paper Company as superintendent of claims, is recognized
as one of Watertown's substantial and well known citizens. He was born in this city, May 29, 1885, the son of Michael
and Mary (Mooney) Rooney.
Michael Rooney and his wife were born in County Sligo, Ireland, and came to the United States after their marriage.
They settled in Watertown, where Mr. Rooney was employed by the Rome, Ogdensburg & Watertown Railroad until
his death in 1887. His wife is also deceased. Both are buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown. Mr. Rooney was a
Democrat in politics and held membership in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. There were six children in the Rooney
family, as follows: Catherine, deceased; Michael, lives in Watertown; Lucille, married J. E. Lowe, lives in New
York City; William, deceased; Thomas J., lives in Watertown; and William P., the subject of this sketch. The latter
two are twins.
William P. Rooney attended Watertown High School and Northern New York Business College. He began his business
career with the National Compensation Bureau in New York as an inspector in their industrial plants. While engaged
in this particular work Mr. Rooney traveled throughout the United States and came in contact with all types of
business and industry. He resigned in June, 1919, and at that time went to Utica, N. Y., with the Utica Mutual
Insurance Company as branch manager of the Watertown office. He continued in that capacity until June 30, 1929,
when he was appointed superintendent of the claim department of the St. Regis Paper Company and associated companies,
which consists of 13 large manufacturing plants. His work extends throughout the entire North Country.
Mr. Rooney is a Democrat, a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Watertown
Council No. 259, Black River Valley Club, Watertown Golf Club and Lakeside Country Club.
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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