Biography of Thomas B. Tate
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Tate, Thomas B., Ogdensburg, was born in England in 1814, and came to this country when three years of age with his father, Robert Tate, C. E. Robert Tate purchased a farm in Madrid, on which he lived some years, although he followed his profession. He afterwards located permanently in Lisbon. Thomas B. received his education in schools of Madrid and Ogdensburg High School, and studied civil engineering with his father. When a young man he bought an interest in an iron mine in Hermon, which he conducted eight years in company with others, manufacturing bar iron. He ran the first line of railroad through Canada, called the St. Lawrence and Lake Huron railroad. He also constructed the Brighton and Marman line in 1854, was chief engineer of the railroad from Potsdam Junction to Potsdam, of the railroad from Tardins Junction to Ogdensburg, and many others. In 1834 he raised a uniformed company of light artillery, of which he was elected captain by the company and commissioned by Gov. W. L. Marcy. He was major one year and two years lieutenant colonel of the 153d N. Y. Regiment, 49th Brigade, 29th Division, Infantry. He was president of the courtmartial of the 153d Regiment when only twenty two years of age. His company was first known as the Grass River Company and was organized May 22, 1834. His commission of lieutenant colonel is signed by Gov. William H. Seward. Colonel Tate has been twice married, and has two children by his first wife. He is a most profound civil engineer, a brilliant mathematician, and a gentleman of unbounded energy and perseverance, whose skill, ingenuity and thoroughness will long be remembered in this vicinity, where he has so long lived, esteemed and respected by all.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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