Biography of Judge Watson T. Dunmore
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Judge Watson Thomas Dunmore came to the outset of his professional and business career with an equipment that was unusually complete because added to his thorough preparatory and scholastic training was ambition, determination and persistency of purpose. He was born in Rush, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1845, a son of Matthew and Sarah (James) Dunmore. In the acquirement of his education he attended Montrose Academy at Montrose, Pennsylvania, the Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania, and the Wesleyan University from which he was graduated in 1871 with the degree of A. B., while in 1874 the M. A. degree was conferred upon him. He studied law in Hamilton College Law School and began practice in Utica in 1875. While advancement at the bar is proverbially slow no dreary novitiate awaited him for from the first he proved his ability to successfully cope with the intricate problems of the law and was accorded a liberal and constantly Oneida county and in the latter year became county judge, sitting upon that growing clientage. From 1886 until 1892 he was special county judge of bench for twelve consecutive years. His decisions were strictly fair and impartial and indicated a keen insight into the specific questions which had come up for settlement together with a clear understanding of the law applicable thereto His reputation as an able jurist and lawyer has extended throughout the state. On his retirement from the bench he resumed the active practice of law and is a local representative of many corporate and other interests. He has also become financially interested in various business projects and is now president of the Commercial Warehouse Company and of the Homestead Aid Association both of Utica; first vice president and director of the Citizens Trust Company, and a director of the Utica Knitting Company and the Clayville Knitting Company. He is likewise a trustee of the Homeopathic Hospital.

On the 9th of July, 1878, Mr. Dunmore was married to Miss Minnie Goodier, who passed away on the 11th of December, 1904, leaving six children, James Sterling, Watson Thomas, Jr., Clara Treadway, now Mrs. George J. Hover, Russell G., Earl W. and Della. On the 27th of June, 1908, Mr. Dunmore was again married, his second union being with Cora M. Wheeler, of Utica. His social interests extend to several of the leading clubs. He is now president of the Pine Lake Club and a member of Fort Schuyler Club and the Yahnundahsis Golf Club. He also belongs to the Alpha Delta Psi, is a member of the Oneida Historical Society and is an exemplary representative of the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His interests are wide and his sympathies broad, and his charitable spirit has found tangible manifestation in his ready assistance wherever it is needed. He is usually found where the intelligent men of the city are gathered in the discussion of important questions and the soundness of his views makes his opinions an influencing factor for the public good.

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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