Charles W. Valentine, president of the Bagley & Sewall Company, of Watertown, manufacturer, inventor, and
for more than 40 years prominently and actively identified with various large corporations in an executive and
engineering capacity, was born at Millville, N. J., April 5, 1872. He is the son of L. P. and Lelia (Brandriff)
Valentine, the ancestry on both sides being of early American families. L. P. Valentine was for a number of years
associated with the Whitall & Tatum Company, of Millville, N. J.
Charles W. Valentine was educated in the public schools of Millville, supplemented by a course at Purdue University,
from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1898. His first occupation
was during his college career, being identified for five years with the Jeansville Iron Works, of Jeansville, Pa.,
working in their machine shop and drafting rooms. Later, after his graduation from college, he was with the Foos
Gas Engine Company, of Springfield, Ohio, as engineer of tests, for a period of six months. He then went to Chicago
with the Borden & Sellick Company, and sold gas engines in competition with Fairbanks, Morse & Company,
being in charge of the gas engine department, where he remained for a period of one year. He then came to Watertown
in 1899, with the New York Air Brake Company as mechanical engineer, and remained in that capacity until 1904.
About a year and one half of that time was spent in Russia in the development of the Russian plant. In 1904 Mr.
Valentine became associated with the Bagley & Sewall Company, of Watertown, being placed in charge of the manufacturing
end of the business, and for 27 years he has been prominently and actively identified with its great growth and
development, being promoted from time to time, first as general superintendent for a number of years, after which
he took charge of the engineering department as vice president, in charge of engineering, and on Sept. 21, 1927,
he was elected president of the company shortly after the death of Stewart D. Lansing, its former executive, and
he holds that position at the present time.
Mr. Valentine has been successful in securing a dozen or more patents pertaining to paper making machinery, all
of which are assigned to the Bagley & Sewall Company, and are in universal use throughout the world. Ile is
a director of the Watertown National Bank, and was president of the Lake Shore Electric Company, an organization
for distributing electricity to the town of Henderson, N. Y., and adjacent country, until it was merged with the
Adams Electric Company, and he is now vice president of that concern.
In 1903 Mr. Valentine married Miss Edith Sewall, the daughter of Edmund P. and Catherine (Smith) Sewall, natives
of Watertown, and Monroe, Mich., respectively. Both are deceased and are buried in Watertown. He was prominently
identified with the manufacturing interests of the city and was one of the founders of the Bagley & Sewall
Mr. Valentine is past president of the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, and belongs to the Black
River Valley Club, and Jefferson County Golf Club. He is a vestryman of Trinity Church, of Watertown, and is a
member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Association of Manufacturers, Watertown Chamber
of Commerce, and Sigma Chi fraternity.
During the World War Mr. Valentine served as chairman of the Jefferson County Committee of the Red Cross, and also
had charge of the Manufacturers Committee in connection with the various Liberty Loan drives.
Politically, Mr. Valentine is a Republican. He lives at 137 Mullin Street, Watertown, and has a summer home at
Henderson Harbor, N. Y. His hobbies are fishing, sailing, golf and motoring.
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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