Biography of James J. Devereux
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Among the young men of Utica it would be difficult to name one who is more popular or deserves more credit for what he has accomplished than James J. Devereur, who is now filling the office of city treasurer. He was born in Utica, January 7, 1876, a son of Patrick Devereux, who was a native of County Wexford, Ireland. Mr. Devereux, Sr., came to America in 1868 and located at Utica, where he engaged as a baker and proved very successful in his business. He died at the age of thirty three years. He was a man of many excellent traits of character, a member of St. John's Catholic church and politically an adherent of the democratic party. Our subject's mother, Ellen Sinnott before her marriage, was a daughter of James and Ellen Sinnott. She was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and came to Utica, New York, where she was married to Mr. Devereux She resides in this city at the age of sixty five years.

James J. Devereux was the youngest of a family of four children. He received his preliminary education at Assumption Academy and after leaving school secured employment in clerical work on the Globe. On January 1, 1901, he opened a dry goods store, at 976 Bleecker street, on his own account and continued in business until 1907. He then became connected with the mercantile establishment of John A. Roberts & Company and was identified with this concern until November 8, 1909, when he was elected to the office of city treasurer, a position which he has ever since filled.

In politics Mr. Devereux follows in the footsteps of his father and gives his support to the democratic party. He was reared in the Catholic faith and is a valued member of St. Agnes church. He also holds membership in the Young Men's Christian Association and the Moose Seneca Club. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Maccabees and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He possesses genial, social qualities and as a business man has shown sound judgment and an adaptability in meeting the public which are highly important elements in the attainment of success. His administration of the office of city treasurer has been highly satisfactory to the people and it is safe to prophesy that he has before him many years of responsibility and increasing usefulness.

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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