WILLEY J. P. KINGSLEY, M. D.
Over fifty years of conscientious and able service to humanity as a physician and surgeon have endeared Dr. Willey
J. P. Kingsley to almost a countless number of people of central New York state and other parts of the country
and today no man in Rome stands higher in the estimation of the community than he. This position he has attained
by unselfish labors, which have redounded very greatly to the credit of the city and have materially assisted in
promoting the comfort and happiness of his fellowmen. He is a native of Frankfort, New York, born July 9, 1824,
a son of Obediah and Lydia Jane (Tucker) Kingsley. The familt has long been known in this country, the emigrant
ancestor, John Kingsley, having arrived at Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1634.
Dr. Kingsley received his preparatory training at Whitesto'wn Seminary and studied medicine at the Geneva Medical
College and New York Medical College, receiving the degree of M. D. from the latter institution in 1855. After
hospital service in New York and practice in Utica for one year he began practice at Rome, where he has since continued.
In 1859 he founded a hospital for the treatment of malignant growths, of which he is stifi the head, this institution
having proven one of the most successful of the kind in the country. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers
National Bank of Rome and has been its president ever since the bank was called into existence. He was also one
of the organizers and president of the Central New York Institute for Deaf Mutes and is president of the Jarvis
Library Association and the Rome Cemetery Association. He was an organizer of the Rome Locomotive Works, the Rome
Manufacturing Company, the Rome Metal Company, the Rome Tube Company and various other manufacturing concerns,
including the Rome Iron Works, which afterward became the Rome Brass & Copper Company, he being the only one
of the original stockholders of the latter organization now living. He has served as director, officer or president
of a number of the leading manufacturing concerns of Rome and showed an ability which reflected the highest credit
upon him as a man of unusually clear judgment in business affairs. He has also taken an active interest in the
city of his adoption and served as mayor of Rome from 1895 to 1899. During this time very extensive work was carried
on in the development of the sewerage system and in paving. He also originated the idea of the improved gravity
water system of Rome.
In 1860 Dr. Kingsley was married tt Miss Georgeanna Manolt Vogell, a daughter of Rev. Henry C. Vogell, A. M., D.
D., who was located in Utica at the time of the marriage. Three sons were born to this union, the eldest of whom
died in childhood. The second son, George Lyle, received the degree of A. B. from Yale in 1886 and M. D. from Harvard
in 1890. He died while surgical house officer of the Massachusetts General Hospital, September 25, 1890. Willey
Lyon, the third of the children of Dr. and Mrs. Kingsley in order of birth, was graduated from Yale in 1886 with
the degree of A. B. and received the degree of M. D. from Harvard University in 1890. He has since made his home
at Rome and for twenty one years past has been in partnership with his father in conducting the hospital. He is
also interested financially in local manufactories.
Dr. Kingsley, whose name introduces this review, is one of the remarkable men of New York state, as is shown by
the brief statement herewith presented. He has never sought publicity, preferring to carry forward his work quietly
and entirely without ostentation. A leader in his profession, he is also largely endowed with business talent and
could easily have gained a national reputation as a manufacturer had he concentrated his energies in that direction.
His main interest has been given to his profession and his success in a difficult specialty has drawn patients
from many states, the institution over which he presides being one of the most favorably known of the kind in the
United States. He is justly regarded with profound respect and his success both professionally and financially
has been most gratifying.
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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