Biography of Robert S. Waterman
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Robert S. Waterman, prominent in legal circles in St. Lawrence County, is a representative citizen of Ogdensburg. He was born in this city, April 16, 1879, the son of Robert E. and Lois S. (Blodgett) Waterman.

Robert E. Waterman is a native of Ogdensburg born in 1850. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at St. Lawrence University in 1872, and then studied law in the office of his uncle, Joseph McNaughton, of Ogdensburg. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and for a short time practiced law in New York City. Upon his return to Ogdensburg he became a member of the firm of McNaughton & Waterman, and this partnership continued until the retirement of Mr. McNaughton. Although 82 years of age Mr. Waterman is still actively engaged in practice. His office is located at 331 Ford Street. Mr. Waterman is a Democrat, and for many years was a member of the Board of Education. For many years he served as trustee of St. Lawrence University. He belongs to Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa fraternities. He is a member of the Universalist Church. Lois S. (Blodgett) Waterman died in 1916 and is buried in Ogdensburg. To Mr. and Mrs. Waterman were born three children: 1. Robert S., the subject of this sketch. 2. Dr. Chester, physician, lives at Middletown, Conn. 3. Mary Coats, lives at St. Louis, Mo.

Robert S. Waterman is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at St. Lawrence University in 1901. He was then a member of the faculty of Ogdensburg Free Academy for two years. He studied law in the office of his father and was admitted to the bar in 1905. He has since engaged in the practice of his profession in this city. Mr. Waterman is serving his second term as Special Surrogate of St. Lawrence County. He has been corporation counsel for Ogdensburg during the past six years and was reappointed in 1932. During the World War he was appointed Appeals Attorney during the selective service draft and also was in charge of recruiting for the United States Navy in Northern New York.

In 1916 Mr. Waterman married Miss Hazel A. Hoyer, of Middleport, N. Y., the daughter of Dr. John B. and Flora (Baker) Hoyer. Both were born in Middleport. Dr. Hoyer died in 1914 and his wife died in 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Waterman have no children.

Politically Mr. Waterman is a Republican and he has been active as a member of the Republican County Committee and City Committee, having served as chairman of the latter. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1915, representing St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. He also has been a member of the board of managers of St. Lawrence State Hospital and Ogdensburg City Hospital and Orphan Asylum.

Mr. Waterman is a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pythias. He is also a member of the Ogdensburg Country Club, New York State Bar Association and Sons of the American Revolution.


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

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