Biography of Ambrose E. Sawyer
Madison County, NY Biographies





Sawyer, Ambrose E., was born in Watertown, Jefferson county, N. Y., August 16, 1838, a son of Rev. Elisha Sawyer, a Baptist clergyman, and Clarissa (Baker) Sawyer. He was educated in the public schools and at the Parma Institute, Parma, N. Y. For some years he followed the profession of teaching, and subsequently became engaged in business in both eastern and western New York. He served two years in the 13th N. Y. Volunteers during the Civil war; was taken sick in Virginia and sent to the hospital where he suffered a severe attack of typhoid fever. In 1875 he was elected school commissioner of Jefferson county, which office he held six years. In 1879 he formed one of a syndicate of five in purchasing Round Island in the St. Lawrence River and in forming what is known as Round Island Park. This company was incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000, and Mr. Sawyer became its secretary, continuing until 1888, when he, with his associates, sold their holdings to New York capitalists. With L. V. Rathbun, he purchased the Oneida flouring mills in 1888. The mill was then in poor condition, the equipment being antiquated and practically useless. They at once introduced the most modem machinery and made other improvements in the property, with the result that this plant is now one of the most perfect in Central New York, and the business one of the important enterprises of Madison county. In March, 1893, the Rathbun-Sawyer Company was incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000. Mr. Sawyer serves as vice president. treasurer, and local manager, giving his entire time to the business. Mr. Sawyer is well known to the business community as a man of ability and integrity. He has been for many years an official member of the Baptist church, and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He married Frances E. Cox. of Byron, Genesee county, and two children were born to them. Both his wife and children are now deceased. In the spring of 1899, he married Miss Alice Lincoln Decker, daughter of A. L. Decker of Brooklyn N Y.

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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