Biography of Wheeler Armstrong
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Many years of business activity crowned with deserved success have constituted the life record of Wheeler Armstrong who is one of the honored citizens of Rome. He has long been known in connection with the real estate business and is also vice president of the Rome Savings Bank. A native of this city, he was born July 29, 1840, a son of General Jesse and Abigail Jane (Cole) Armstrong. The father was born at Lee, July 4, 1799. In Rome he successfully engaged in the general mercantile business, and died there in 1852. The ancestors of the family in New England lived in Rhode Island, the grandparents of the subject of this review emigrating from Rhode Island to Oneida county, New York, about 1800. The family has ever since been well known in this county.

After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools Wheeler Armstrong entered the Rome Free Academy, where he applied himself with a diligence that gave evidence of a worthy ambition to excel in whatever he should undertake. Upon leaving school he entered the real estate business at Rome with which he has ever since been connected, being now one of the oldest and most experienced real estate men in the city. Through capable management his affairs have prospered and he can claim in his clientage many of the most extensive buyers in Oneida county. He possesses rare discrimination and judg. ment as to real estate values and his opinion is much sought by persons desiring to make safe investments. Since 1891 he has been vice president of the Rome Savings Bank and has been able to apply his intimate knowledge of real estate values in such a way as to prove of marked benefit to that institution.

On February 9, 1870, Mr. Armstrong was married to Miss Emma O. Brown, of Chicago, Illinois, and they have three children living: Ray, who is now superintendent of the Rome city waterworks; Arthur S., who is practicing medicine in New York city; and Janie B., who is living at home. Mr. Armstrong also has one brother, George, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Always governed by a high sense of personal responsibility, Mr. Armstrong has gained deserved credit as a conservative and reliable business man. He has a very wide acquaintance in central New York state and is greatly respected for his personal character and his honorable methods. He has never engaged in polities or held any public office, but has always found time to assist in the promotion of measures for the development of Rome and has been actively interested in the city's welfare.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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