Biography of Byron G. Seamans
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Byron George Seamans. - For many years Byron George Seamans was a prominent citizen of Pulaski, where he was owner and editor of the Pulaski Democrat from 1895 until the date of his death, Sept. 14, 1927. He was born at Albion, N. Y., May 22, 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wescott Seamans.

At the age of 14 years, Byron George Seamans left home. He was employed at milling and as a farm hand, and at the same time was a student at Sandy Creek High School, where he was later a teacher. He also taught the school at Ridge Road. Mr. Seamans learned the printing trade in the office of the Sandy Creek News, where he was an apprentice. In 1884 he became the proprietor and editor of the Copenhagen News, soon taking over similar duties with the Carthage Leader. For a time he was an associate on the staff of the Watertown Herald. In 1885, Mr. Seamans became associated with the late Frank Munger in the Richfield Springs Mercury. As mentioned above, he purchased the Pulaski Democrat in 1895.

In December, 1886, Byron George Seamans was united in marriage with Ella Caswell Hull, and they had three daughters: 1. Julia, who died when 16 months old. 2. Mrs. Martin V. Graney, lives at Oredell, N. J. 3. Mrs. Wesley H. Nickerson, lives at Lockport, N. Y. By her former marriage Mrs. Seamans has a son, George D. Hull, who lives at Rochester, N. Y. Mr. Seamans was also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Rita Parker, of Pulaski, and Mrs. Minnie Seamans Peck, deceased.

Mr. Seamans was identified with the Republican party in ton and county politics, and had served as clerk of the Board of Supervisors. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pulaski, and was affiliated with Pulaski Lodge, F. & A. M.; Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M.; Pulaski Chapter, O. E. S.; Lake Ontario Commandery No. 32; S. Lake Ontario Commandery; Knights Templar of Oswego; Watertown Shrine; A. S. Warner Camp, Sons of Veterans; Pulaski Grange; Celia Dewey Seamans Tent, D. U. C. C. W.; and Pulaski Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Oswego County Child Welfare Board.

On the platform as a speaker he had a certain style of eloquence and grace of manner that made their appeal, and Mr. Seamans was called upon a great many times to fill pulpit vacancies and make other public utterances. This gave him an opportunity to expound his philosophy of life and his views on current topics. His editorials in the Pulaski Democrat were widely commented upon and copied, and his sermonettes and human interest stories had won many friends.

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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