Biography of John Cunningham
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Cunningham, John, who for the last sixteen years has been the pastor of the West Groton Congregational church, was a native of England, born January 12, 1820. In 1835 his father and family came to America, locating at Poughkeepsie, where the head of the family worked as shoemaker. John had received his early education in England, and in this country attended Oberlin College. Failing health prompted him to stud medicine, nevertheless he had before resolved to enter the ministry. Accordingly, after a somewhat broken preparation he was licensed to preach the gospel, entering upon active church work in 1848 at Boonton anti Paterson, N. J. For thirt six years he has held a pastorate in Central New York, ten years in Sweden, a like term in Wyoming county, and sixteen years in his present connection at West Groton. In 1846 Mr. Cunningham was married to Acleline C. Turner, by whom he had one son, now living in San Francisco. In 1853 his wife died, and in 1855 Mr. Cunningham was married to Frances M. Kinne, of Colchester, Conn. Of the second marriage one daughter has been born the wife of Rev. J. W Arnold, of Scottsburgh, Livingston county.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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