For a period of thirty three years Cory David Hayes has been identified with the banking interests of
Clinton, during which time he has become recognized as one of the able financiers of central New York. He was born
in Latham Corners, Chenango county, this state, on the 20th of December, 1840, and is a son of David and Hannah
(Cory) Hayes, the father a native of New York and the mother of Rhode Island.
Reared on the family homestead at Latham Corners, Cory David Hayes acquired his preliminary education in the district
schools, supplementing the same by a course in both the Gilbertsville and Norwich academies. Returning home in
1860 he discarded his text books and once more engaged in agricultural pursuits, continuing to assist in the cultivation
of the farm until 1863 when he became clerk in a store at Norwich. At the expiration of five years he went to Oxford,
New York, where he accepted a clerical position in the First National Bank: The work being congenial and well adapted
to his qualifications he determined to make banking his life vocation. He remained in the First National of Oxford
for ten years, in which he was several times promoted. In 1878 he came to Clinton, acquiring the business of Hill
& Elliott, private bankers, which has ever since been conducted under the name of Hayes & Co Mr. Hayes
has made a success of his undertakings and is offically connected with various railway and financial interests
in this section of the state. In 1884 he became a director of the Bank of Oxford of which he has now been vice
president since 1906. He was made a director of the Rome & Clinton Railroad in 1880 and seven years thereafter
treasurer, which position he continues to fill. He has been a director of the Utica, Clinton & Binghamton Railroad
since 1890, and of the Central New York Abstract & Title Company since 1904, and three years ago he was chosen
a director of the Utica Trust & Deposit Company. The year he located in Clinton Mr. Hayes was elected treasurer
of the village, which office he has ever since retained, and since 1880 he has served the Clinton Cemetery Association
in the same capacity. A very public spirited man he takes an active and helpful interest in all matters appertaining
to the welfare of the community generally and was therefore a member of the board which instituted the present
sewerage system of Clinton.
On the 18th of August, 1870, Mr. Hayes was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Elizabeth McNeil of Oxford, a daughter
of Mrs. Hannah Clark McNeill. The Clark family are old and well known residents of Chenango county, having been
among the pioneer settlers. One daughter has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes, Grace, who married George A. Watrous.
The family are affiliated with St. James Episcopal church, of which Mr. Hayes was formerly a vestryman. He is also
a member of the Fort Schuyler Club of Utica, with which he became identified in 1891, and of the Utica Fish &
Game Protective Association and a life member of The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. His political
support is given to the republican party. A man possessed of more than average mental attainments and business
acumen as well as persistence, Mr. Hayes has been able to dominate the conditions by which he was confronted and
as a result has achieved success, having attained a position which commands the respect of his fellow citizens
and those with whom he comes in contact.
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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