Dr. Randolph Thatcher Congdon, who is principal of the Potsdam State Normal School, has been identified with
this institution since 1919 and has taken a prominent and important part in educational affairs in Northern New
York. He was born at Pittsford, N. Y., Aug. 30, 1877, the son of Dafayette and Frances (Kingsley) Congdon.
Randolph Thatcher Congdon received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Syracuse University in 1900, and spent the
following four years as a village high school principal. He became assistant in the English department at Syracuse
University in 1904, later being advanced to professor, and in 1907 he received the degree of Master of Arts at
Harvard University. In 1912 he resigned from the university to enter the New York State Educational Department
as inspector in English. He was subsequently advanced to assistant director of examinations and inspections but
resigned in 1919 to accept his present position at Potsdam State Normal School.
Dr. Congdon received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the New York State Teachers College at Albany in 1923.
On June 30, 1908, Dr. Congdon was united in marriage with Miss Marion Diefendorf, of Canajoharie, N. Y. They have
a daughter, Janet Williams.
Dr. Congdon belongs to the F. and A. M., Racket Lodge No. 213; St. Lawrence Chapter No. 24 and a member of the
Temple at Canton and the Rotary Club of Potsdam and belongs to Delta Upsilon fraternity. He holds membership in
the Methodist Church.
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