Some men are naturally adapted for public life and are so fortunate as to start early in positions that lead
to important places of public trust. Among the number is James T. Somers, who is now very acceptably filling
the office of county treasurer of Oneida county. A resident of Utica since his infancy, he comes of sturdy Irish
stock and is a native of Toronto, Canada, born July 14, 1874. His parents were John and Mary (Oorbett) Somers,
natives of the north of Ireland. The family came to Utica in 1875 and the father was employed in the State Hospital
at this city from 1875 until his death in the fall of 1908. The mother is also deceased.
James T. Somers was educated in the public schools and also possessed advantages of trathing in a business college
of this city. His first employment was with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railway Company as clerk but
after five years in railway service he became connected with the office of Attorney General John C. Davies at Albany
and continued under him for two years. He has taken great interest in politics from his early manhood and has been
one of the efficient workers in behalf of the candidates and principles of the republican party. He served as county
supervisor five years, from 1897, at the time of his election being only twenty four years of age. He filled the
office of deputy county treasurer six years, in the course of which time he made many friends, and in November,
1908, was elected coimty treasurer of Oneida county by a large majority. His management of the county finances
has been highly satisfactory, as he has applied sound business principles in the administration of an office often
used for political purposes instead of being maintained in the interest of the taxpayers.
In July, 1906, Mr. Somers was married to Miss Elizabeth Geisel, of Albany. He and his wife are consistent members
of the Lutheran church. He is identified with the Masonic fraternity and the Masonic Club and also with the Elks
and the Elks Club, at the present time being district deputy of the Elks. He is also a member of the Independent
Order of Foresters, the Republican Club and other local organizations. Possessing a genial and pleasing address,
he readily makes acquaintances and it is greatly to his credit that those who know him best speak highest in his
praise. A faithful public officer and a citizen who has always attempted to perform his duty, he stands high in
the esteem of the people of Oneida county irrespective of creed or political faith.
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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