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
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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