Competent authorities have often called attention to the fact that positions of responsibility are waiting for
persons who are properly prepared to fill them, and the experience of Edward M. Coughlin, secretary and
assistant treasurer of the New York Mifis Company, of New York Mills, is proof of the truth of this statement.
He was born at Forestport, New York, on the 24th of September, 1872, a son of Edward and Hannah (Sheridan) Coughlin,
the former of whom was born in Canada in 1832 and the latter in Ireland. The father was a farmer and lumberman
and was one of the substantial citizens of the community serving for a time as road commissioner. He died in 1888
and his wife passed away in 1903. In their family were seven Children, John S.; Edward M.; Mary A., wife of J.
N. Donlon, of Utica; Margaret A.; Elizabeth N.; James T.; and Catherine, deceased.
Edward M. Coughlin received his preliminary education in private schools and in the schools of Utica. His first
employment was with the Pomeroy Company, manufacturers of oil cloth, of Utica, and he continued his connection
with this concern for seven years. Having severed his connection with the company, he became identified with the
First National Bank of Utica, advancing through various positions to that of note teller. In 1903 he was appointed
chief clerk of the New York Mills Company and is now serving as secretary and also as assistant treasurer of that
organization. In politics he is an earnest advocate of the democratic party. He was elected trustee of the village
of Yorkville in 1910 and on March 21, 1911, was elected president of the village, a position which he fills to
the general satisfaction of his constituents.
Mr. Coughlin is a devout Catholic and a faithful attendant and member of St. Agnes Catholic church. The Mohawk
Valley Shippers Transportation Association affords him opportunity to exchange views and opinions on commercial
subjects with, business friends and he holds membership in the Arcanum Club, Utica, the Rome Country Club, the
First Kingdom of Ski Club, of Utica, and the Utica Young Men's Christian Association; fraternally he is affiliated
with the Knights of Columbus. Possessing an engaging address and clear business judgment, he has discharged successfully
every responsibility with which he has been entrusted. He represents that class of men who inevitably come to the
front and are the leaders in any community where they may be found.
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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