Samuel H. Beach, president of the Rome Savings Bank, occupies a lead. ing position in business and financial
circles of Rome and is widely known in central New York as one of its substantial and progressive citizens. He
is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born August 27, 1863, a son of Dr. Henry and Sarah. Beach.
Being early attracted to a business life, Samuel H. Beach entered the employ of G. V. Selden, a lumber dealer of
Rome, New York, at the age of sixteen years and became thoroughly acquainted with all the details of the business.
In 1893 he associated with his brother Benjamin H. and bought out Mr. Selden, the business having since been conducted
under the name of the Beach Lumber Company. An intimate knowledge of the trade, large experience and ample means
enable the firm to give their customers the fullest satisfaction as to prices and quality of material and an extensive
and lucrative patronage is the result. Mr. Beach was made a trustee of the Rome Savings Bank in 1897. Three years
later he was elected vice president and since September 17, 1907, has filled the position of president of that
institution. This bank was organized in 1851 and has for many years been recognized as one of the most substantial
institutions in Oneida county. Mr. Beach is also presi. dent of the Beach Lumber Company and the Rome Theater Company
and was instrumental in organizing the Mutual Lumber Fire Insurance Companies, which now carry most of the lumber
fire insurance in the United States. The business ability and integrity of Mr. Beach was recognized by Theodore
Roosevelt when the latter was governor of New York, Mr. Beach being appointed by him in 1899 as manager of the
Rome State Custodial Asylum. He was reappointed to this position by Governor Odell in 1901 and served to the entire
satisfaction of the people until 1904. He was a member of the board of education from 1901 to 1906, filling the
chair as president during 1905. He has always taken a great interest in public matters and in 1908 was appointed
police and fire commissioner of the city of Rome and showed a practical knowledge of City affairs which resulted
in marked benefit to the municipality.
On the 3d of February, 1892, Mr. Beach was married in this city to Miss Carrie A. Cornish, a daughter of Josiah
and Mary Elizabeth (Fletcher) Cornish. Two children have been born to this union, Samuel H., Jr., and Priscilla
Alden. The family resides in a beautiful home at 120 West Embargo street.
Mr. Beach is a member of the Rome Club and has served as its president. In his business he has through life been
governed by the principles of honesty and fair dealing as the only sure foundation of success, and as a result
his integrity is unquestioned. A man of sound judgment and keen insight, he also possesses executive ability of
a high order and his present enviable position has not been gained through luck or accident. It is men of this
class that may rightly be regarded as leaders in the mercantile and financial world.
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
Oneida County, NY
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