Biography of Thomas R. Jordan
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Thomas R. Jordan is filling the position of secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association at Utica, and in this connection is making his services far reaching and resultant. The work of the society is being continuously expanded and is in close touch with the lives of many of the boys and young men of this city as a moving force for physical, mental and moral development. Mr. Jordan entered this field after having been connected with newspaper work for a period. He was born in Syracuse, New York, March 27, 1874, his parents being Captain Charles and Mary Jordan. He was only three years of age when his father died, so that maternal care constituted his boyhood's guide. He attended the public schools of Syracuse and for two years read law in the office of the firm of Jenny, Marshall & Huger, well known attorneys of his native city. Circumstances, however, compelled him to abandon his plan of becoming a member of the bar and he accepted the position of manager and editor of the Evening News of Syracuse, in which connection he remained for about four years. While thus engaged he became actively interested in the Young Men's Christian Association, entering readily into the work, and upon retiring from the newspaper field he accepted the proffered position of general secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association at Johnstown, New York. There he remained for seven years, during which period he was instrumental in raising funds necessary for the erection of a new forty thousand dollar building. He resigned to take the position of manager of the Morning Herald of Gloversville and Johnstown, but a year and a half later accepted a call from the state committee to the Young Men's Christian Association to engage in financial work throughout the state of New York. In this he was most successful, continuing in that field of labor until 1906, when he accepted the general secretaryship at Utica. The results which he has accomplished since the fire which entirely destroyed the Association building will ever stand as a monument to his ability and enterprise and his ardent devotion to the work. He is alive to present day conditions and issues as affecting the young men of the country and responds with enthusiasm to the most progressive thought.

Mr. Jordan was married, on the 15th of March, 1905, to Miss F Edith Jump, a daughter of the Rev. De Los Jump, D.D., of Johnstown, New York, and they now have one son, Thomas R., Jr. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jordan have a wide acquaintance in Utica and the hospitality of the most attractive homes is freely extended them.

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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