William Walrath Waddingham. - As vice president of the Jefferson County National Bank, Mr. Waddingham is one
of the outstanding figures in business and financial circles in Watertown. Both native ability and early training
shaped his banking career to its present successful status, for his father, Fred Waddingham, was vice president
of the City National Bank many years before its merger with the Jefferson County National Bank. He was also for
some years county clerk and for ten years conducted a successful hardware business in Watertown, under the firm
name of Sponenberg & Waddingham. He is now deceased, and his widow, Lydia (Walrath) Waddingham, lives in Watertown.
William Walrath Waddingham was born at Evans Mills, N. Y., June 11, 1878. He was educated in the public schools
of Watertown. His entire business career has been associated with banking. He began as a messenger in the employ
of the old City National Bank, and displayed such loyalty and ability that steady promotion finally raised him
to the position of president of the bank. After he had thus directed the institution for a year and a half, the
City National Bank was consolidated with the Jefferson County National, and Mr. Waddingham was elected vice president,
the position he now fills so ably.
On June 15, 1908, Mr. Waddingham married Miss Merle Johnson, the daughter of James E. and Laura (Lewis) Johnson,
of Rutland, Vt. Their children are Laura M. and Betty Lee.
Popular in fraternal circles, Mr. Waddingham is a member of Watertown Lodge No. 49, F. & A. M., of which he
is Past Master; Watertown Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M.; Watertown Commander No. 11, K. T.; the Scottish Rite bodies
of Watertown and Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; and Media Temple.
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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