James E. Lenney. - As village clerk and treasurer of Potsdam, James E. Lenney takes a prominent part in the
civic and business life of the community. He was born here Nov. 6, 1882, the son of John and Anna (Sullivan) Denney.
John Lenney has always lived in Potsdam. He was born Dec. 25, 1854. He attended St. Lawrence Academy and taught
school for several terms. He then became interested in the grocery business in partnership with his brother, Edward
Lenney, and the firm of E. & J. Lenney continued successfully for many years, their store being located on
Main Street. John Lenney also served as postmaster of Potsdam during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.
For several years he has been identified with the Thatcher Baking Powder Company. He is a Democrat and has been
a member of the local school board for 25 years. He holds membership in the Catholic Church. Anna (Sullivan) Lenney
was born at Potsdam and died there in 1915. There were 13 children in the Lenney family: 1. Bertha, who died in
1911, was the wife of Judge Close. 2. James E., the subject of this sketch. 3. John, a graduate of the University
of Michigan, died in March, 1910. 4. Frank, died in 1928. 5. Grace Sweeney, died in 1921. 6. Anna Hepburn, lives
at Colton, N. Y. 7. Mabel Lancto, lives at Hartford, Conn. 8. Henry, lives at Potsdam. 9. Morris, lives at Greenwich,
Conn. 10. Ethel Baisley, lives on Long Island. 11. Martin, lives at Potsdam. 12. Edward, died in 1924, was a World
War veteran. 13. Louis, a World War veteran, lives at Greenwich, Conn.
James E. Lenney received his education in the public schools of Potsdam and attended Potsdam State Normal School
for three years. He served as bookkeeper in his father's grocery store from 1901 until 1908, and in the latter
year became associated with the Peoples Bank at Potsdam. He was identified with that institution until 1924. He
was interested in the bond business in 1927 when he accepted the position of village clerk and treasurer.
On Sept. 1, 1909, Mr. Lenney married Miss Mary E. McGovern, of Potsdam, the daughter of James and Anna (Davey)
McGovern. The former was born at Stockholm, N. Y., and died in 1914. The latter, a native of Louisville, N. Y.,
died in 1911. Both are buried at Potsdam. Mr. and Mrs. Lenney are the parents of three sons: 1. Donald J., born
May 7, 1911, attends Niagara University. 2. John W., born Sept. 30, 1912. 3. Robert P., born Dec. 7, 1913.
Mr. Lenney is a Democrat in politics and served as county committeeman for several years. He is an active member
of St. Mary's Catholic Church, of which he has served as treasurer for 30 years, and he belongs to the Knights
of Columbus. He also is treasurer of St. Mary's Cemetery Board.
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