Biography of Thomas R. Proctor
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THOMAS REDFIELD PROCTOR.
Of good Revolutionary stock, Thomas Redfield Proctor, for many years past a leading citizen of Utica, proved himself a loyal son of the Union at the time of the Civil war and performed his part valiantly in the ranks of the boys in blue. As a business man he has been highly successful and has gained general recognition in Oneida county on account of his integrity of character and clear judgment. He is a native of Vermont, born at Proctcirsville, May 25, 1844, a son of Moody S. and Betsy N. (Redfield) Proctor. The great grandfather was an officer in the Revolutionary war and the founder of Proctorsville. Some of the ancestors took parts in the Boston Tea Party and many of them have been prominent in civil and commercial life.

Mr. Proctor of this review received his early education in the public schools and was about to graduate from the English high school of Boston when he entered the United States Navy as paymaster's clerk on the ship "Brandywine" of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1862. Later he became admiral's secretary of the Pacific squadron aboard the ship "Lancaster." He served as secretary to Admiral Pearson and took part in the capture of the Confederates on the steamer San Salvador, and on December 13, 1864, he received the thanks of the secretary of the navy for meritorious conduct for this service. He was offered the position of paymaster in the regular navy at the close of the war but declined, preferring private life. After returning home he engaged in the hotel business as proprietor of the TappanZee House at Nyack, New York. On December 1, 1869, he came to Utica which he has since made his home and purchased Bagg's Hotel of which he was proprietor for twenty one years, also being proprietor of the Butterfield House in Utica for ten years, and later of the Spring House at Richfield Springs, all of which under his management were successful. He also engaged in other lines of activity and is now president of the Second National Bank of Utica and the American Hard Wall Plaster Company of Utica; vice president of the Utica Daily Press Company; trustee of the Utica Savings Bank and a member of the board of directors of the Utica Trust Company, the Utica Steam & Mohawk Valley Cotton Mills and the Utica Cemetery Association; and a trustee of the Soldiers' Monument Association. Having early learned to assume responsibility, Mr. Proctor developed a business discernment which has borne the test of years and the various interests with which he has been identified have prospered and a number of them are now among the leading institutions in this part of the state.

On the 9th of April, 1891, Mr. Proctor was united in marriage at Utica to Miss Maria Watson Williams, a daughter of Mrs. James Watson Williams of this city. Their only son died in infancy In politics Mr. Proctor gives his support to the republican party in which he has for many years been an active worker. He served as delegate to the republican national convention at Chicago in 1908 which nominated Taft and Sherman, and his advice is often sought in matters pertaining to municipal, county and state politics. He is president of the board of trustees of the House of the Good Shepherd and is a life member of the New York Agricultural Association. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar. He is a life member of the New England Society of New York and a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Society of the Colonial Wars, the Society of the Founders and Patriots of America, the Mayflower Society, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is also a member of a number of clubs among which are the Metropolitan, Pilgrims, Players, Army and Navy, Navy League and Republican, all of New York city, and has for ten years past been president of the Fort Schuyler Club of Utica. Thoroughly efficient in anything he undertakes, he has been successful not only in various lines of business but also in attracting friends, few men in Oneida county being as sincerely respected. Anything pertaining to the welfare of Utica and its beautification arouses his interest and no more practical demonstration of his deep devotion could be given than the presentation of over five hundred acres of park grounds to the city, in which he makes his home and takes his pride. Always a generous contributor to worthy causes, he has never lightly regarded his responsibilities to those with whom he has associated and to the world at large he is by many regarded in these as in other respects as a model citizen.

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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