Biography of Albert R. Kessinger
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Whether as a business man or as a public official Albert Remington Kessinger has discharged his duties with rare discrimination and judgment, and today he ranks as one of the most prominent of Rome's citizens, being mayor of the city and managing editor of the Rome Sentinel. He was born in this city October 15, 1866, a son of Augustus C. and Louise (Remington) Kessinger, a record of whom appears elsewhere in this work.

In the public schools Mr. Kessinger secured his introduction to a mental training which was carried forward under favorable auspices at Rome Academy. Later he attended Trinity Military School at Tivoli, from which he was graduated in 1883. He next matriculated at Hamilton College, receiving the degree of A. B. from that institution in 1888 and A. M. in 1903. Immediately upon returning home he became allied with the Rome Sentinel; with which his father had long been identified, and since has been connected with the newspaper. He has taken an active part in city affairs, beginning in 1893 when he was appointed a member of the board of water commissioners, which afterward became the board of water and sewer commissioners. He continued as a member of this board until he became mayor of Rome in January, 1906. In the fall of 1907 he was reelected to that office and in the fall of 1909 was renominated by both political parties and again reelected. He is a wide awake and capable officer and has shown an interest in the welfare of the city which meets the warm approval of taxpayers. He is also an efficient member of the Utica Courthouse Commission, has been president of the Firemen's Benevolent Association of Rome, ever since its organization in 1906, having formerly been a member of Hose Company, No. 2, and is president of the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association.

On the 29th of April, 1896, Mr. Kessinger was married to Miss Margaret Everiss, a daughter of Joseph E. Everiss, of Adrian, Michigan. Two children have been born to them, Margaret Alberta and Frederick Everiss. The family resides in a beautiful home at No. 720 North Washington street.

Politically Mr. Kessinger is a stanch supporter of the democratic party. He has for many years been a member of the New York Democratic Editorial Association, and is now serving as its treasurer. He is also a member of the state commerce committee, which carried on the campaign for the barge canal and later for canal terminals. He is a director of the Rome Fish and Game Protective Association and fraternally is connected with Hathaway Lodge, No. 869, F. & A. M., Utica Lodge of the Elks, the Knights of Pythias, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Woodmen of the World and the Royal Arcanum. He is a man of strong social proclivities and holds membership in many clubs, among which may be named the Masonic Club, the Rome Saengerbund, the Rome German American Bund, the Brown's Tract Guides Association, the Salmon River Fishing Club, Fish Creek Club, the Mendota and Rome Clubs, the Rome County and Te-Uge-Ga Country Clubs, the Romohawks and the Mystique Krewe of Syracuse. A man of broad education, wide reading, unusual energy and many activities, the influence of Mr. Kessinger is felt wherever he is known and it is always exerted in the promotion of the general good. As an editor and writer his ability is recognized throughout the state, there being few men outside of the larger cities who command a more friendly class of readers. He is, therefore, well entitled to a place in a comprehensive history of Rome and Oneida county.

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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