Biography of Frank A. Bosworth
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Frank A. Bosworth, a prominent factor in financial circles of Utica, has since 1907 served as vice president of the First National Bank. His birth occurred on a farm near Clockville, Madison county, New York, on the 20th of February, 1854. He is a son of William V. and Maria (Wilcox) Bosworth. The mother was born in this country but the father was a native of England and was brought to Utica by his father, Obadiah Bosworth, when a lad of eight years. Obadiah Bosworth, the grandfather of our subject, resided on Genesee street, opposite the old Butterfield estate, and for a few years had charge of the Butterfield farm, etc. Subsequently he removed to a farm near Paris Hifi, where he carried on agricultural pursuits for a number of years. Later, however, he took up his abode on a small place near that of his son at Clockville, Madison county, there continuing to reside until called to his final rest.

William V. Bosworth. the father of Frank A. Bosworth. followed farming near Clockville, Madison County, for a few years and then turned his attention to general mercantile pursuits, also dealing extensively in produce. He was a prominent and leading citizen of the community and an active worker in the local ranks of the republican party. At one time he served as sheriff to fill out an unexpired term. His religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Baptist church and for some thirty years he served as a deacon. As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life he chose Miss Maria Wilcox, a native of Clockville, by whom he had three children, namely: Frank A.; Cora O.; and William V., living on the old homestead.

Frank A. Bosworth obtained his early education in the village school and afterward attended Cazenovia Seminary. In the spring of 1872 he pursued a course in bookkeeping and commercial law and then had to decide whether he would take up the study of law in the office of his uncle, Judge B. F. Chapman, or enter a bank. Choosing the latter alternative, he secured a position as clerk in the Canastota National Bank under the pioneer banker, David H. Rasbach. In the spring of 1873 he became junior clerk in the Oneida County Bank of Utica, under J. Milton Butler, and won steady promotion as he demonstrated his ability and trustworthiness, serving successively as discount clerk, bookkeeper and teller and holding the last named position for several years. In 1886 he was elected a director of the bank and the following year was made acting cashier. On the death of Mr. Butler, in 1899, he was given full charge of the institution. In February, 1900, the Oneida County Bank consolidated with the First National Bank of Utica, of which Mr. Bosworth. became one of the cashiers. In 1907 he was elected vice president and later became a director of the institution. He has contributed in large measure to the continued success and growth of the First National Bank and occupies an enviable position in financial circles. He is also vice president and a director of the Sauquoit Spinning Company.

Mr. Bosworth has been married twice. In June, 1884, at Utica, he wedded Miss Nellie Sherwood, a daughter of Benjamin F. Sherwood, by whom he had two children: Frances M., living in Brooklyn; and Sherwood B., who is a resident of New York city. The wife and mother passed away in 1894 and in 1910 Mr. Bosworth was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Hattie J. Chamberlin, of Utica.

Mr. Bosworth is a stanch supporter of the republican party, believing that its principles are most conducive to good government. He was at one time a director and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce at Utica but was compelled to resign on account of his extensive business interests. He is a director of the Young Men's Christian Association of Utica and president of its board, while for sixteen years he has been an elder in Westminster church. In 1910 he was appointed a trustee of the New York State Hospital at Ray Brook, New York, by Governor Hughes. His business record is one which any man might be proud to possess. Starting at the bottom round of the ladder, he has advanced steadily step by step until he is now occupying a position of prominence and trust. Through his entire business career he has been looked upon as a model of integrity and honor, never making an engagement that he has not filled nor incurring obligations that he has not met. He stands today an ex ample of what determination and force, combined with the highest degree of business integrity, can accomplish for a man of natural ability and strength of character.

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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