Biography of Robert S. Atwell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805

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Atwell, Robert S., was born in Milton township, January 23, 1830. His father was a preacher in the M. E. church and a practicing physician. one who believed in curing spiritual as well as physical ills. Robert S. was carefully educated in Hinsdale and Pittsfield (Mass.) institutions, later studied medicine with Dr. Mott of Schuylerville and attended medical lectures at the medical school at Castleton, Vt., but was, through ill health, obltged to leave before finishing the course. He came to Schuylerville and after recovering his health engaged in mercantile business in connection with his brother, R. N. Atwell, in 1850. In 1851 he started the Battle Ground Herald, a weekly paper at Schuylerville. and continued as editor and proprietor for five years, when the demands of his mercantile business becoming so pressing he sold oñt the paper to John R. Rockwell, and a few months later disposed of his other interests to his brother and partner, and in company with another brother opened up at Victory Mifls. This last enterprise was successfully carried on until 1889, when he disposed of his half of the business to his nephew, Charles F. Atwell, son of his late brother and partner. In 1878 he added to his other large holdings in real estate the farm where he with his adopted daughter, the child of his brother, George O. Atwell, and wife of Herbert Leggett, now reside. In 1854 Mr. Atwell married Phoebe A. McCreedy, and they had two children who died in infancy. Mrs. Atwell died July 6, 1890. Mr. Atwell was formerly a Whig, but since the organization of the Republican party has been a strong adherent to the principles of that party. He was postmaster of Victory Mills for thirty-two consecutive years, from 1856 until his resignation in 1888.


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