Biography of Carlos J. Coleman
Madison County, NY Biographies





Coleman, Carlos J., was born, in Catharine. Schuyler county. N. Y., January 28, 1866, and was the eldest of four children in the family of John and Catharine Coleman. In 1869 the family removed to Eaton, but soon afterward went to Seneca county, remaining until 1879, when the again returned to Eaton. At the age of ten years Carlos began working with his father, who was a mason, and so continued until he was twenty, by which time he had saved a little money. He determined to acquire an education, for which purpose he walked to Clinton, where he worked for his board and and attended school. In December, 1885, he went to Cazenovia, where he continued his studies in the seminary, maintaining himself by work in a family, caring for a horse, several cows and calves and the children of the household. After a year he returned to his trade of mason and during the summer saved enough money to carry him through the next year's course in school. However, before the end of his third year in school the young student fell sick and was obliged to discontinue his studies. He then went to Cortland and spent three summers working at his trade, during the time being foreman over fifty seven men, and also acting as foreman in the erection of the Miller block. In 1891 he went to Aurora and worked on the Wells College buildings and after nine months returned to Cortlaud and entered the Normal School, remaining until he was graduated in 1893; during this time he was proprietor of the Cortland steam laundry and so increased the work of that concern that twenty one employees were required for its operation, instead of three as previously. But in this enterprise Mr. Coleman had the misfortune to suffer from the loss of his plant by fire and with it was also destroyed $6,000 worth of goods. He reestablished himself, however, and soon had a large and successful business; at the same time he diligently prosecuted his studies until his graduation in 1893, he then holding the enviable position of president of his class. Mr. Coleman then came to Madison and for three years and one term was principal of the union school of the village. On August 11, 1896. he was nominated for the office of commissioner in the first school district of the county, and was elected in November following. Carlos J. Coleman is known throughout the region as one of the most energetic and capable school organizers and constantly aims to advance the standard of education, the advantages of which were denied him when a youth. In this effort he has been successful and the people of the district have come to appreciate his work and endorse his plans. On August 13, 1896. Mr. Coleman married Cora E., daughter of John and Caroline Peck of Cortland and they have one child

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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