Biography of John R. Edwards
Oneida County, NY Biographies





John R. Edwards, president of the Oneida County Savings Bank, belongs to that class of men whose names give stability to any enterprise with which they are connected and who by energy and persistence gain acknowledged leadership. Such men are a constantly growing influence in behalf of peace, industry and sobriety, and the value of their lives it would be difficult, indeed, to estimate. Mr. Edwards was born at Floyd, November 3, 1845. He comes of good Welsh ancestry and is a son of John Edwards, also known as Eos Glan Tyrch, a writer of Welsh poetry whose name became known among his countrymen throughout all parts of the United States and of the world as one of the most talented Welsh bards of the nineteenth century. The father was born in North Wales and came to America in 1828, arriving in Utica three years later. Subsequently he went to New York city but returned to Oneida county in 1842 and took up his residence at Floyd. He died in 1887.

Mr. Edwards of this review passed his boyhood under the favoring conditions of a happy home. He possessed advantages of attendance at the Whitestown Seminary and after leaving school entered the dry goods business at Rome and has ever since resided in this city. For a number of years he took an active interest in politics and was elected county treasurer of Oneida county in 1884. He was the only republican elected in central New York, the democrats under Cleveland sweeping almost the entire state. He served in the office to the general satisfaction of the people from 1884 to 1890. He was a director and one of the organizers of the Farmers National Bank and was trustee of the Oneida County Savings Bank for several years. He was elected treasurer of the latter in 1895 and has served as its president since 1905. His advancement was attributable entirely to his own labor and the institution over which he presides is today a splendidly equipped organization whereby the interests of depositors are conserve and the welfare and prosperity of the bank are assured.

On the 26th of October, 1871, Mr. Edwards was married to Miss Elizabeth Griffith, a daughter of Edward Griffith, who was born in North Wales. Of their children three are now living, Claudia, Donal J., and Gwendolyn. Mr. Edwards attends the First Baptist church and for many years served as president of its board of trustees. He is a member of the Rome Club and can claim many friends in Rome and throughout the state, whom he has attracted by his genial qualities of mind and character. A native of Oneida county, his life has been an open book, and his character and standing are unquestioned. His success in his undertakings is an incentive to younger men of worthy aspirations, showing that there is no honorable position in life which it is not possible for the ambitious, deserving individual to attain.

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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