Biography of Hiram L. Rockwell
Madison County, NY Biographies





Rockwell, Hiram L., son of Thomas B. and Lucy (Lindley) Rockwell, was born in the town of Stockbridge, this county, February 21, 1833. His father was an extensive farmer, known throughout a large Section of Madison county as Captain Rockwell, having commanded a company of artillery in the State militia. His grandfather, Thomas Rockwell, came from Connecticut and was among the earliest settlers of the present town of Stockbridge. Mr. Rockwell was educated in the district schools, and at the Albany Normal School, from which he was graduated with the class of 1855. For one year he taught a union school in the town of Dryden. Tompkins county, N. Y., and the following year taught in the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1857 he entered the Albany Law School where he was graduated LL. B. in 1859. In the same year he was admitted to the bar and took up his residence in the village of Munnsville, where he continued in active practice until 1867. Subsequently he engaged in teaching and in fruit culture. In 1872 he moved to Oneida where he has since resided, and has given his attention to insurance and real estate. He has been prominent in support of many worthy public enterprises and at different periods has been honored with positions of public trust. He served six years as School Commissioner of the second district of Madison county, embracing the towns of Stockbridge. Smithfield, Cazenovia, Fenner, Sullivan and Lenox; in 1877 as supervisor of the town of Lenox; for six years as a member of the Oneida Board of Education; one term as village trustee; and was a member of the first sewer commisson four years. a position to which he has lately been reappointed. He is a member of the First Presbyterian church, and has officiated as one of its trustees. Mr. Rockwell married in 1861. Esther A. Hait, and four children have been born to them: Adeline Benson; Mrs. Mabel H. Schubert; Grace H. (deceased December 11, 1888); and Charles W. Rockwell.

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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