William F. Quigley. - For a great many years the name of Quigley has been identified with the marine and general
insurance business in Oswego, and William F. Quigley is one of the city's representative young business men. He
was born here, Aug. 23, 1898, the son of William H. and Mary F. (O'Connor) Quigley.
Bernard O'Connor and John Quigley, grandfathers of William F. Quigley, were natives of Ireland and prominent pioneer
citizens of Oswego. The former was interested in the milling business here and the latter was a captain on the
Great Lakes. He died many years ago and his widow, who died in March, 1931, at the age of 93 years, had lived in
Oswego for 90 years.
William H. Quigley, who died in Oswego in 1922, spent his entire life in this city. As a young man he became associated
with the firm of Mollison & Dowdle, insurance agents, and after 30 years he became a member of the firm, which
was reorganized as Dowdle & Quigley. Mr. Quigley was actively identified with marine and general insurance
throughout his entire business career. He was a Democrat in politics and took a prominent part in local civic affairs.
He held membership in St. Paul's Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. His widow resides in
Oswego. They were the parents of three children: 1. William F., the subject of this sketch. 2. Helen, married Max
Ziel, lives at Oswego. 3. Grace, who died in 1921.
William F. Quigley attended St. Paul's parochial school, including special study under Rt. Rev. Dean Barry, of
Oswego, and was graduated from the Oswego High School and in 1917-18 was a law student at Syracuse University.
He left college, however, to become associated with his father's insurance business in 1920, and two years later
upon the death of his father, Mr. Quigley assumed full control of the agency. The business, founded in 1845, is
one of the oldest marine and general insurance agencies in this section of the state.
In 1927 Mr. Quigley was united in marriage with Miss Arlene King, of Oswego, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Upcraft)
King. The former died in 1905 and the latter in 1906. Both are buried in St. Paul's Cemetery, Oswego. Mr. and Mrs.
Quigley have no children.
Politically Mr. Quigley is a Democrat. He is a prominent member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, and belongs to the
Knights of Columbus, B. P. O. Elks, Loyal Order of Moose, Eagles Lodge, Kiwanis Club, Leather Stocking Club, and
Oswego Yacht Club. He is identified with the Oswego County Association of Insurance Agents and the National Association
of Insurance Agents.
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
Oswego County, NY
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