Biography of Edmund G. Munson
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Edmund G. Munson, vice president of Munson Brothers Company of Utica and one of the highly energetic and successful business men of the city, was born at Utica, August 12, 1876. He is a son of Countil and Florence A. Munson, both of whom are deceased, and a grandson of Edmund and Sarah (Gardner) Munson. The family has been well known in central New York for more than half a century and among its members have been some of the most capable business men of Oneida county. The original American ancestor was Thomas Munson, who settled in this country about 1637 and was a pioneer of Hartford and New Haven. He served as deputy in the general assembly and also held other offices, being one of the leading men in the colony. His only son, Samuel Munson, was one of the founders of Wallingford, Connecticut. Ephriam Munson served in the Revolutionary war. Edmund Munson, the grandfather of our subject, was a son of Samuel Munson, seventh in descent from Thomas Munson. Edmund Munson, his son, was born at Barkhamsted, Connecticut, May 2, 1805 and in 1835 came to Utica, New York. He engaged in the miffing business with A. C. Hart, but the firm was later dissolved and in 1869 he associated with his three sons, Edmund, Jr., Alfred H. and Countil, in the null furnishing business under the style of Munson Brothers. Mr. Munson possessed rare inventive genius and secured several important patents on milling appliances. He was a good business man and acquired a fortune. Religiously he was an earnest believer in the Universalist faith and was a liberal supporter of that denomination.

Edmund G. Munson grew up under the favoring conditions of a peaceful home and acquired his preliminary education in the public schools. From boyhood he was familiar with the mill machinery business and as a young man became secretary of the firm of which his father was a member, now known as Munson Brothers Company. In 1911 he was elected vice president of the cornpany, a position for which he is eminently qualified by experience and natural ability. The company has gained a wide reputation in the manufacture of mill machinery and supplies, the plant being one of the most complete of the kind in New York state.

A representative of the third generation of the family in Oneida county, Mr. Munson has proven thoroughly efficient and progressive in a business which has grown to large proportions and gives promise of still further expansion in the immediate future. His life has been governed by principles of honesty and integrity which he early learned, and he can claim a host of friends who have been attracted by his genial qualities. Socially he is identified with the Fort Schuyler, Areanum and Yahnundahsis Golf Clubs; he is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of New York.

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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