Biography of Loring Munroe
Madison County, NY Biographies





Munroe, Loring, for many years a valued citizen of Oneida, was born in Ashburnham, Mass., June 12, 1826, a son of Charles and Lydia (Conn) Munroe. On both the paternal and maternal sides he descends from the old New England stock. His grandfather. Ebenezer Munroe, was a prominent patriot of the Revolution, and one of the first to be wounded at the Battle of Lexington. His father was a veteran of the War of 1812, while his maternal grandfather was a member of an old New England family who were a hardy, long line of pioneers. While he was yet a boy, Mr. Munroe's parents died and he was left with no money to make his way as best he could. He secured a place on a farm where he worked three years. managing meantime to take every opportunity to attend school, and finally finishing at the academy at Ashby. Mass. However his real business education was mostly obtained by actual experience and observation. He taught school for a time, thus securing a little money, and when twenty years of age went to Cleveland, Oswego county, N. Y., where he became interested in the manufacture of glass, subsequently owning an interest in the factory of the American Glass Company at Bernhard's Bay, N. Y. In 1861 he purchased the Dunbarton glass plant at Verona, N. Y., which he managed successfully for sixteen years, meanwhile being interested in organizing a private bank at Oneida under the firm name of Barnes, Stark & Munroe; he withdrew about five years after the organization. It was at this time that Mr. Munroe, then living in Oneida county, was elected a trustee of the Oneida Savings Bank and he held that office many years. He settled in Oneida in 1877 and has since resided in this vilage. Mr. Munroe built and owns the building occupied by the Farmers' and Merchants' State Bank of which he is president; and owns considerable reai estate in the village, including the Munroe Opera House. While politically a staunch Republican, he has never sought office, but has represented the town of Lenox as supervisor, and has been a member of the village board of trustees. He was one of the original stockholders of the First National Bank of Oneida, and being possessed of excellent judgment, his opinion and advice have been of great value in the business community. Although he began life without a dollar. Mr. Munroe has accumulated a considerable fortune. He has always been broad minded and liberal, and has contributed largely to many worthy public enterprises. During the last year he built what is called Munroe Memorial Chapel, which is a gift from him to the Glenwood Cemetery Association of Oneida. Mr. Munroe married June 17, 1849, Miss Jane Corwarden, a native of Jackson, N. J. Six children have been born of this union: three daughters, all now deceased; and three Sons, George L. of Verona, Oneida county, N. Y.; and Charles I. and Anthony B., both of Oneida.

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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