Myron W. Van Auken was born in the town of Ira, Cayuga county, New York, on June 6, 1852. He attended the district
schools, the Union Academy at Red Creek, New York, and afterward the Fairfield Seminary at Fairfield, New York,
from which he graduated in June, 1869, when he won by competition a free scholarship in Cornell University, where
he pursued a four year's classical course and from which he graduated in June, 1873, and obtained the degree of
bachelor of arts. He then entered the Albany Law School, whereupon his graduation in 1875 he received the degree
of LL. B.
He came to Utica in June, 1875, where he has ever since resided and practiced his profession. He has twice held
the office of corporation counsel of Utica and was once the republican nominee for the office of district attorney
of Oneida county. He has specialized in corporation law and none is better posted concerning the statutes and law
relating to the formation, regulation and conduct of corporations. He is a director and an officer in numerous
corporations. In 1886 he was retained as general counsel of the Commercial Travelers Mutual Accident Asociation
of America, which is now the largest personal accident assessment insurance company in the world, having at the
present time over seventy five policies outstanding and nearly four hundred million dollars of outstanding insurance.
Mr. Van Auken has held this position continuously for over twenty five years and has become one of the leading
insurance attorneys of the United States and is vice president of the International Association of Accident and
In 1888 he was appointed a member of a committee of nine by the grand master of Masons of the state of New York
to select a site for a home for indigent Masons, their wives, widows and orphans. Through his efforts and influence,
after an exciting competition with other cities and after a prolonged contest, Utica was chosen and upon the site
selected the Masonic Home, with its separate buildings for children, has been erected and is today the largest
charity of its kind in the world.
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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