Thomas S. Bushnell, mayor of Massena, has had a colorful military career, having served in France during the
World War, and he is prominent in the affairs of the American Legion in St. Lawrence County. He was born at Palmyra,
Wayne County, Dec. 21, 1889, the son of Patrick and Alice (White) Bushnell.
Patrick Bushnell, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Palmyra and as a young man enlisted
in Company H, 109th New York Volunteer Infantry. He served throughout the war and was a member of the Grand Army
of the Republic. For several years Mr. Bushnell lived at Utica, where he was a member of the first vounteer fire
department and later returned to Palmyra, where he died April 17, 1931, at the age of 86 years. His wife died April
17, 1892. Their children were: 1. William, lives at Detroit, Mich. 2. Hazel Ann, who died in 1904, at the age of
15 years. 3. Thomas S., the subject of this sketch. 4. James, lives at St. Louis, Mo.
Thomas S. Bushnell received his education in the public schools of Palmyra. He studied civil engineering and was
identified with the engineering department of the New York State Barge Canal from 1907 until 1909. He then followed
his profession independently until 1914, at which time he came to Massena and became associated with the engineering
department of the St. Lawrence River Power Company in their dredging operations. At the outbreak of the World War
he enlisted and was sent to Liverpool, England, being attached to the British Army. He served as a member of Company
D, 303rd Engineers, with the rank of sergeant, and saw active service in the battle of St. Mihiel and the Argonne
drive. During the latter he spent six successive nights in "No Man's Land." Alter 14 months of service
in France he returned to the United States and was discharged at Camp Dix, N. J., June 12, 1919.
In 1919 Mr. Bushnell was a member of the original county committee of the American Legion and again served in that
capacity in 1930. He was the first adjutant of the Massena Legion and was commander of the Post from 1920 until
1924. He also was county commander in 1925 and district commander during 1926. He attended the Legion convention
as state delegate at New Orleans, La., in 1923, and again at the Paris convention in 1927. Mr. Bushnell is also
a member of the 78th Division Association of New York City and in 1926 was one of the founders of the 40 and 8
Society at Canton.
On May 31, 1917, Mr. Bushnell was united in marriage with Miss Emily E. Britton, of Massena, the daughter of George
E. and Hannah G. (Green) Britton. They are natives of Massena and are residents of St. Lawrence County. Mr. and
Mrs. Bushnell have no children.
Mr. Bushnell is a Democrat in politics and was elected to the office of mayor of Massena in 1931. His wife is a
member of the Baptist Church, and he belongs to the Citizens Club and Massena Country Club. He is vice president
of the Chamber of Commerce.
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