Biography of Bennett Bicknell
Madison County, NY Biographies





Bicknell, Bennett, came from Mansfield, Conn., to Morrisville, and was among the early settlers in that interesting village. He was also one of the most active business men of the locality, having been a merchant, distiller, and proprietor of a grist mill. In 1828 he purchased and edited the Observer and Recorder, and almost at once made that one of the most influential papers of the region. In March, 1830, Harrison C. Bicknell became associated with his father in the publication, but after several years the younger Bicknell and Edward Norton became owners and publishers. About the time the elder Bicknell bought the paper he was one of the leading Democratic political factors in this part of the State and was member of Assembly in 1812 and State Senator from 1814 to 1818: also member of Congress in 1827 and in 1832. During the war of 1812-15 he was in service at Sackett's Harbor, and held a major's commission. His children were Moses, Harriet, Louisa and Harrison C. The latter was born and always lived in Morrisville, and like his father was a man of influence in the county, though perhaps less prominent in politics. His first wife was a Miss Chambers, by whom he had two children: Byron and Mary. His second wife was Eliza Ann Cloyes, by whom he had five children: Otis C. (who died in infancy), Lucinda, Ann Eliza, Harrison C., and Otis C. Otis C. was born April 1, 1849, and in December following his father died, but the mother kept the family together for six years, when she married again. When about fourteen, Otis began life as a clerk and so continued until the spring of 1866, when he came to Madison and was employed by Lucas & Lane until 1871. He then became partner with Mr. Lucas, but in 1879 Mr. Lucas died, and the firm then became Bicknell Brothers. In 1885 the brother went west and Otis C. succeeded and has been in active business to the present time. Like his ancestors, Mr. Bicknell has always been a firm Democrat and his name has frequently been found on his party's ticket as the candidate for some important office. He has been a member of the board of education four years, and during the two administrations of President Cleveland Mr. Bicknell was postmaster of Madison. He married Josephine Curtis, by whom he had five children, four of whom are now living: F. Hyatt, Curtis, Blanche, and Harold.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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