Rev. John Lawrence Plunkett, who is Rector of St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg, is recognized as one of St.
Lawrence County's most highly esteemed citizens. He is a native of Watertown, born Jan. 30, 1889, the son of Patrick
and Mary (Lyman) Plunkett.
Patrick Plunkett was born in Watertown and died there in 1901. His entire life was spent in that city where he
was successful and well known as a building contractor. His widow was born at Sterlingville, N. Y., and lives in
Watertown. Their children were: 1. Ambrose, who is identified with the St. Regis Paper Company, lives in Watertown.
2. Mrs. Valorus O. Bradbury, lives in New York City. 3. John Lawrence, the subject of this sketch. 4. Mary K.,
a teacher, Watertown Junior High School.
John Lawrence Plunkett attended Mullen Street school, Stirling Central, and Watertown High School, being graduated
from the latter in 1905. He then entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad in Watertown and for five
years was secretary to the late Cornelius Christie, who was superintendent. In September, 1911, he came to Ogdensburg
and entered St. Mary's Seminary Preparatory School (now known as Wadham's Hall College). During the following year
he became a student at the Seminary of Philosophy in Montreal, and in 1914 entered the Grand Seminary of St. Sulpice
in Montreal. He was ordained in St. Patrick's Church, Watertown, by the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph H. Conroy, D. D.,
then auxiliary bishop of the Ogdensburg diocese. He came to this city in September, 1917, as assistant rector of
St. Mary's Cathedral immediately after his ordination. Subsequently he was appointed Chancellor of the diocese
and succeeded Rev. E. J. Brown as pastor of the Cathedral on May 1, 1928.
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