Biography of William Kernan
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For a period of ftfty four years William Kernan has been identifled with the legal profession of Utica. Of Irish extraction Mr. Kernan was born in the town of Tyrone, Steuben county, New York, in September. 1831, and is a son of William and Rose A. (Stubbs) Kernan, natives of the Emerald isle. William Kernan, Sr., emigrated from there in his early manhood, arriving in the United States in 1801. Two years thereafter he removed to the said town of Tyrone where he subsequently met and married Miss Stubbs, who came with her family from Dublin to the United States in 1806. The young people began their domestic life in the town of Tyrone where Mr. Kernan engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1857, in which year the family came to Utica. Here Mrs. Kernan passed away in 1862, Mr. Kernan surviving until 1870, his demise occurring in the month of March.

The boyhood and early youth of William were spent upon the farm in Tyrone, in whose common schools he acquired his elementary education. Having decided to adopt the profession of law for his life vocation, after the completion of his education in. the public and private schools of Utica, he entered the office of his brother Francis, where he studied legal principles until 1857, at which time he was admitted to the bar. After acquiring his license he began practicing in the office where he had studied, being admitted as junior partner in the firm of Kernan, Quin & Kernan.

In 1862 Mr. Kernan was united in marriage to Miss Frances Warniek, a daughter of Leslie A. Warnick of this city, and they became the parents of seven children, four of whom are living: Ellen W.; Edward F.; James S.; and Warnick J., who is associated with his father in the practice of the law.

The family are all communicants of the Roman Catholic church, belonging to St. John's parish, of which church Mr. Kernan is one of the trustees, and he is also a trustee of the St. Agnes cemetery and of the St. Vincent Industrial School. His political support he accords the democratic party, but he has always been too deeply absorbed in hig profession to actively participate in civic affairs, although he served as school commissioner for three or four terms. He is a trustee of the Utica Savings bank, which official position he has held for many years, and he is also a member of the Fort Schuyler Club. Despite the fact of his eighty years, Mr. Kernan still maintains his relations with the professional world, among whose members in Utica he is accorded the esteem and respect ever due to one of his years, who has led an upright and honorable life.

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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