Biography of N. M. Wardwell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Wardwell, N. M., was born at Whitesboro, Oneida county, N. Y., February 12, 1821. His father, Hon. Daniel Wardwell, was a native of Bristol, R. I., and came to Oneida county to study law with Golden Sill, and was admitted to the bar from hjs office. He married Hetty, daughter of Newton Mann, who was one of the projectors and founders of the cotton mills at York Mills. Daniel Wardwell and wife came to Jefferson county about 1822, settling in Mannsville, where he practiced law, farming, and served as associate county judge from 1825 to 1827; he was elected to the Legislature in 1827 and elected to Congress in 1828. serving up to 1834, afterwards returning to Mannsville and was again requested to represent his district in the Legislature. In his case it can be truly said, "the office sought the man." He afterwards moved to Pulaski for a short time, then returned to Mannsville and retired from active business, spending his last years in Rome, N. Y. N. M. Wardwell was educated in the common schools and Belleville Academy; he then engaged in the mercantile business in Pulaski from 1839 to 1852, when he went to Rome and engaged in business up to 1860. In 1863 he was appointed commissary of subsistence with rank of captain, by Abraham Lincoln, serving until the close of the war, when he returned to Adams and engaged in the malting business, retiring from active business in 1893. He was appointed postmaster in 1892 and served until 1896. In 1843 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Frederick Jones. Mrs. Wardwell died in 1886; they had three children; Charles H., Robert D. and Mrs. Elizabeth Kellogg. In 1893 he married Mrs. Antoinette Waite Sutton.

 

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