Paul B. Sutton has long been identified with public affairs in the city of Watertown, having been elected to
the office of city manager in May, 1930. He had previously held the office of city engineer. Mr. Sutton was born
in Watertown, July 23, 1887, the son of Benjamin G. and Ella M. (Mills) Sutton.
Benjamin G. Sutton was born at Louisville Landing, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., and his wife was a native of Popes
Mills, N. Y. He was interested in the plumbing business for many years in Watertown as a member of the firm of
Sutton & Littlefield. Mr. Sutton died April 15, 1905, and his wife died April 8, 1907. Both are buried in Watertown.
He was a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sutton: 1. Paul B., the subject of this sketch; 2. Elsie, married
Arthur W. Harrington, lives at Slingersiand, N. Y.; 3. Hugh M., lives at Watertown; 4. Clarence G., lives at Yonkers,
Paul B. Sutton obtained his education in the public schools of Watertown, being graduated from high school in 1905.
He received a degree in civil engineering at Cornell University in 1912, and at that time became identified with
the New York State Highway Department as a member of an engineering corps. He was appointed assistant engineer
for the city of Watertown in September, 1912, and on Aug. 1, 1917, became project engineer and acting works superintendent
for the United States Housing Corporation. Mr. Sutton again served as assistant engineer for the city from Aug.
1, 1918, until April 1, 1920, and from April 1, 1920, until May 1, 1930, as city engineer.
In 1912 Mr. Sutton married Miss Alma K. Byrnes, the daughter of John Albert and Mary (Shollette) Byrnes, who were
natives of Redwood, Jefferson County. Both are deceased. Mr. Byrnes held the office of cashier of the H. H. Babcock
Company, of Watertown, for many years. There are four children in the Sutton family: Catherine M., John B., Harriet
E., and Mary Margaret.
Mr. Sutton has always been a Republican. He belongs to the Kiwanis Club, and City Managers Association.
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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