Biography of Charles A. Lee
Madison County, NY Biographies





Lee, Charles A., was born in Boonville, Oneida county, June 20, 1860. His father, Albert Lee, was a native of Utica, where the family were among the pioneers; he married Sarah Hurlburt, and through life was identified in the storage and forwarding business with Alden Lee, running a line of packet boats from Albany to Buffalo. Later he engaged in the lumber business in Boonville, dealing mostly in spruce and hemlock; he was also prominent in the milling business. Charles A. Lee was educated in the common schools and at twelve years of age entered a planing mill and also learned the cheese making business. In 1885 he went to Herkimer and in 1886 established his chair business. securing a patent on the Lee reclining chair. In 1893 he came to Canastota and at the present time is employing 160 men. He has added to and rebuilt the plant and has a capacity of 50,000 reclining chairs per year. In 1884 Mr. Lee married Julia E., daughter of I. S. Weller. Mr. Lee is one of the progressive business men of Madison county, taking an intelligent interest in educational and religious institutions and has ever received and merited the respect of his associates. He is a member of the Smith Lee Co., manufacturers of the health cap for milk bottles.

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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