Biography of Edward Comstock
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A life characterized by fidelity to high principles has gained for Edward Comstock the respect of all with whom business or social relations have brought him into contact. A native of Rome he was born April 30, 1842, a son of Hon. Calvert and Eliza Mann (Sill) Comstock. The father was born in western Oneida county July 2, 1812, and died at Rome, October 10, 1876. He was a prominent attorney and, newspaper man and was editor of the Rome Sentinel in the early '40s. After practicing successfully at his profession for twenty years he went to Albany at the solicitation of friends, as editor of the Albany Argus, which was then the state organ of the Hunker wing of the democratic party. He was the first mayor of Rome and for a number of years served as president of the board of education.

Edward Comstock received the advantages in his earlier years afforded by his peaceful home and a public school education. He later entered Amherst College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1861. He was attracted to the law as his life pursuit and was diligently engaged in study with that object in view when the Civil war made demands upon the patriotic young men of the country which he could not resist. He abandoned the law and offered his services as a soldier, becoming lieutenant and adjutant in the one hundred and forty sixth New York Volunteers. He engaged with his regiment at the battles of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg and later was a member of the staff of General Garrard, who commanded a division of cavalry attached to General Sherman's army in the advance from Chattanooga to Atlanta. After receiving his honorable discharge from the army Mr. Comstock returned to Rome and engaged in the lumber manufacturing business with his father. In 1876 he established himself in the wholesale and retail lumber business on his own account and has ever since successfully continued in that line, displaying an ability and energy which have produced gratifying financial returns.

In 1871 Mr. Comstoek was married to Miss Frances Hulett, a daughter of Hon. Charles Hulett of Elmira, New York, and the following children were born to them: Edward H., Frances E., Margery, John M. and Elizabeth S.

Mr. Comstock has been for many years a prominent worker in the democratic party and an active factor in its success in Rome and Oneida county. He has been greatly interested in the welfare of the city and has served to the general satisfaction of the people as a member of the board of education and as mayor of the city, being twice elected to that office. As a soldier in his early manhood he shirked no responsibility, and in private life he has displayed the same spirit of fidelity to duty that has for many years been recognized as a prominent trait of the Comstock family.

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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