Thomas J. MeNamara, a well known attorney of Rome, is recognized as the possessor of a fine judicial mind, which
has been thoroughly trained by close study, experience and observation. He comes of good Irish parentage and is
a native of Annsville, born April 30, 1867, a son of Patrick and Hannah (Henessy) McNamara. The father came to
America with his parents from Ireland and settled with them at Annsville, Oneida county, New York, about 1850,
when he was quite young. After growing to manhood he engaged in farming. He was married at Annsville to Hannah
Henessy and they became the parents of twelve children. The father died in 1896 but the mother is still living
and resides on the old homestead.
Mr. McNamara of this review possessed advantages of education in the district schools and, having showed himself
to be an apt pupil, attended the Waterville Union school. After making Thorough preparation he began teaching and
continued uninterruptedly for fifteen years in small towns throughout the northern part of Oneida county, gaining
recognition as one of the most competent teachers of the county. In 1899 he was appointed clerk in the office of
the barge canal collector at Syracuse and as his work required him to be on duty in the nighttime he determined
to study law. This subject he pursued in the law department of the Syracuse University and also in the office of
Newell, Chapman & Newell, of Syracuse. Having been appointed collector, he was transferred to Oswego and continued
the study of law in the offices of Coon & Bentley, of that city. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and in
1903 was transferred to Rome as collector, a position he still holds in connection with his practice. Upon arriving
at Rome he first associated in practice with T. E. Curtin, now of Utica. In 1904 he entered into partnership with
Hon. J. F. Mason, which still continues.
In March, 1892, Mr. McNamara was married to Miss Carrie Forgeon, a daughter of Peter and Josephine Forgeon, of
Lee. Mr. MeNamara has never engaged actively in politics except in helping others and has never been a candidate
for political office. He takes a deep interest in church work and is now serving as clerk of the First Baptist
church. Socially he is identified with Hathaway Lodge, No. 869, F. & A. M., and of Rome Tent, No. 380, K. O.
T. M., of Rome. He has from his boyhood been a student of books and men and, as he possesses an observing eye,
a retentive memory and a sound judgment, his opinion on any subject he has investigated commands respect. In addition
to being an able lawyer he is a stanch friend of education and of progress. He holds the respect and esteem of
his associates at the bar and also of his neighbors, being a representative of true progressive American citizenship.
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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