Augustus C. Kessinger, a veteran editor and, ever since its incorporation, president of the Rome Sentinel
Company, has for many years been recognized as one of the prominent journalists of New York state. He has been
identified with the newspaper business for fifty five years and during most of that time has been at the head of
the paper he now represents. He owes many of his qualities to his worthy German parentage and was born at Altenkirchen,
Rugen, Prussia, February 25, 1842, being a son of Ernst and Louise (Fischer) Kessinger, the father being an artist.
The family came to America in 1852 and settled at Rome, where the parents spent the remainder of their days.
Mr. Kessinger of this review arrived at Rome at the age of ten. years and in the public schools of this city received
his preliminary education. His principal training, however, has been gained in the printing office. In 1856 he
entered the office of the Rome Sentinel and learned the printer's trade, in which he became thoroughly proficient.
In 1864 he associated with Franklin B. Beers in the purchase of the paper, which was then a weekly publication.
It was made a daily in 1881 and a semi weekly edition was added in 1888. Under good business management the paper
grew in circulation and influence and in 1893 the Rome Sentinel Company was incorporated, of Which Mr. Kessinger
has since been president, displaying an intimate knowledge of all details of the business and an appreciation of
the wants of the people which have redounded greatly to his credit and assisted very materially in promoting the
best interests of the city. He has been an active worker in the New York State Press Association and served as
president of that organization and also as president of the New York Associated Dailies and the Rome Board of Trade.
He was formerly a trustee of the Oneida County Savings Bank and is now vice president of the Bingham Harness Company,
one of the successful business concerns of the city. His executive ability is widely recognized and he is now president
of the board of trustees of the Central New York Institute for Deaf Mutes, one of the best conducted institutions
of the kind in the country. He has been for many years prominent in democratic councils, local, state and national,
and served one term as member of the board of aldermen of Rome. He also filled the office of presidential elector
on the Democratic ticket in 1908.
On the 22d of November, 1865, Mr. Kessinger was married to Miss Louise Remington, and four children were born to
this union: Albert R., who is now managing editor of the Rome Sentinel and mayor of Rome, further information concerning
whom may be found elsewhere in this work ; Frederick E., who is engaged in the practice of law in New York city;
Minnie, who is the wife of F. B. Rathbun, of Utica ; and Ida, who married Dr. W. B. Reid, of Rome. Mr. Kessinger
is a member of Roman Lodge, No. 223, A. F. & A. M., and is also identified with the Rome Club. He resides with
his family in a pleasant home at 514 North James street. Although now in his seventieth year, his interest in the
calling of which he has long been a worthy exemplar is unabated and his work as a useful and progressive member
of the community is as effective as ever. Having been controlled through life by high ideals, he can regard the
past with few regrets and may look forward to the future with a faith and confidence that are the results of many
years of conscientious endeavor.
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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