Biography of Isaac N. Maynard
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Isaac N. Maynard, who is now living retired at Utica, was born in this city in 1849, a son of Isaac and Margaret (Aitken) Maynard, the latter of whom hails from Scotland. The father was a native of Somersetshire, England, born June 10, 1805. He came to America in 1837 and located in Utica, in the course of years gaining a position as one of the most prominent and successful citizens. He was associated in business with John Thorn under the title of Thorn & Maynard, soap manufacturers and wool dealers, and in 1861 acquired an interest in the firm of James S. Kirk & Company of Chicago, soap dealers, and met with abundant success. He was treasurer of the Utica & Black River Railroad Company after it was reorganized and was president of the Utica, Clinton & Binghamton Railroad, the Utica Steam Woolen Mills and the Utica City National Bank, serving as head of the latter institution from 1878 to 1885. Politically he gave his support to the republican party and in religious belief was affiliated with the First Broad Street Baptist church, but in the later years of his life attended the First Presbyterian church. He died February 23, 1885, having arrived at the age of seventy nine years. He was a business man of rare ability and was noted for his energy, perseverance and close application to affairs He was a liberal contributor toward the support of worthy causes and will be remembered as one of the capable men who assisted materially in the upbuilding of the city. There were seven children born to Mr. and Mrs Maynard, six of whom are now living, namely Isaac N., of this review; J. F., of Utica; Mrs. D. M. Crouse, also of Utica; Mrs. John W. McLean; Harriet, now Mrs. T. Chalmers McClain; and Samuel R., who lives in New York city.

Isaac N Maynard was educated in the public schools and in Utica Free Academy. He continued in this city until 1867, when he went to Chicago, where he engaged in the grain and flour business, in which he was highly successful. In 1881 he returned to his native city, where he has since made his home but has not actively engaged in business. He is identified with a number of prosperous enterprises. He was a member of the board of directors of the Utica Steam Cotton Mills, the Utica City National Bank, the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, the Mohawk Valley Cap Company, the Roberts-Wicks Company and is now a director of the Utica, Clinton & Binghamton Railroad, and the Utica Cemetery Association, in all of these companies showing an interest which has reflected great credit upon his judgment.

In 1873 Mr. Maynard was married, at St. Louis, to Miss Margaret W. Field, and to them one son has been born, Richard F., who is now living in New York city. Mr. Maynard takes a lively interest in outdoor diversions and is a member of the Fort Schuyler Club and the Golf Club. He has never aspired to political honors, preferring to concentrate his energies upon business. He is recognized as one of the successful men of Utica and enjoys the highest confidence and respect of all with whom he comes into contact.

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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