Biography of Lewis F. Cornell
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Lewis F. Cornell. - As editor and publisher of the Fulton Patriot, Mr. Cornell has been identified with newspaper work throughout his life, and is a representative citizen of Oswego County. He was born at Rochester, Minn., Feb. 5, 1879, the son of Frank M. and Jessie (Walker) Cornell.

Frank M. Cornell was born at Skaneateles, N. Y., July 4, 1852. His wife was born at West Vienna, N. Y., June 22, 1855. He was interested in the newspaper business as an editor and publisher during his entire business career and owned publications at Rochester, Minn.; Tower City, N. D., and Valley City, N. D. From 1892 until 1929 he was successfully identified with the Fulton Patriot as editor. Mr. Cornell died here Oct. 26, 1929. His widow still resides in Fulton. To Mr. and Mrs. Cornell were born two children: 1. Lewis F., the subject of this sketch. 2. Myrtle, married Howard A. Wilson, who is president of the Citizens National Bank & Trust Company, of Fulton.

In 1883 the parents of Lewis F. Cornell located at Tower City, N. D. Six years later they removed to Valley City and remained there until 1892. Mr. Cornell received his education in the public schools and in 1895 became associated with his father's newspaper interests in Fulton. He succeeded as owner of the publication upon the latter's death in 1929. On June 10, 1908, Mr. Cornell was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ellen Pomphret, of Fulton, the daughter of Michael and Ellen (Sullivan) Pomphret, natives of Ireland. The latter died July 4, 1913, and is buried at Fulton. There were four children in the Pomphret family: Anna, Mary, George E., and John J.

Mr. Cornell is a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and is affiliated with St. Joseph's Council, Knights of Columbus; Fulton Lodge, B. P. O. Elks, Past Exalted Ruler; and Citizens Club of Fulton. Since 1920 he has been secretary of the Republican County Committee.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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