Biography of James H. Westcott
Madison County, NY Biographies





Westcott, James H., son of John H. and Helen (Williams) Westeott, was born in Oneida, November 17, 1861. His father was a native of the village of Lafayette, near Syracuse, and learned the machinists trade at Providence, R. I. He removed to Oneida and became foreman of the works of the Oneida Steam Engine Company, formed by Henry Wilson for the manufacture of steam engines. Here he perfected his invention of the "Westcott Chuck," which was manufactured for a time by that company. In 1885 the Westcott Chuck Company was incorporated for the manufacture of this device, with a capital stock of $50,000, which was later increased to $150,000. Mr. Westeott died December 29, 1886. James H. Westeott was educated in the Oneida public schools and when fifteen years of age began to learn the machinist's trade in the works of the company. He has spent his life in this plant, being now superintendent of the Westcott Chuck Company. Mr. Westcott is a member of Oneida Lodge No. 270, F. & A. M. He married, in 1881, Nellie, daughter of Henry Burdick of South Bay.

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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