FREDERICK MORRIS SHELLEY.
Frederick Morris Shelley, for many years identified with the First National Bank of Rome and during the past seventeen
years cashier of that institution, is also prominently connected with other organizations and is a leading factor
in the continued prosperity and growth of Rome. He was born in this city July 21, 1865, a son of Henry S. and Jane
(Orton) Shelley. The father was born in New Hampshire and arrived in Rome early in his boyhood. After growing to
maturity he engaged as a clothing merchant in this city. He never took an active part in city affairs, preferring
to devote his attention to his business. He is now deceased.
Mr. Shelley of this sketch was educated in the public schools and the Rome Free Academy. After leaving school he
was identified for several years with the fire insurance business but in 1887 entered the employ of the First National
Bank as teller. He rendered such excellent service that he was advanced to higher positions until, on May 10, 1894,
he was elected cashier, an office he has since very acceptably filled. He is also secretary and trustee of the
Rome Savings Bank and treasurer of the James A. Spargo Wire Company, the Spargo Wire Cloth Company, the Rome Hollow
Wire and Tube Company, and the Rome Building and Loan Association. He has contributed in an important measure to
the success of the bank and that of all other institutions with which he is connected, by his extensive acquaintance,
his knowledge of local conditions and his good business judgment. He has given close and earnest attention to his
business, and being a man who never makes any promises he does not fulfil, his word is implicitly relied upon.
Thoroughly enterprising and alive to the importance of Rome as a manufacturing and commercial center, he has constantly
assisted in advancing the credit and good name of the city.
On October 9, 1890, Mr. Shelley was married to Miss Bessie Smith, of Portland, Oregon, and three children have
been born to this union, Frederick M. Jr., Percy W. and Marion J. The family resides in a pleasant home at No.
103 West Garden street.
Mr. Shelley takes no active part in politics but feels the interest of a public spirited citizen in good government
and an honest and economical administration of public affairs. He served to the general satisfaction of the people
for four years as chairman of the board of public works during which time a number of important improvements were
completed. Fraternally he is a member of Hathaway Lodge, No. 869, A. F. & A. M., and socially is connected
with the Rome Club.
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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