Biography of Lockwood S. McWhorter
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





McWhorter, Lockwood S., was born in the town of Lansing, June 15, 1822. The father of our subject, Richard E., was a native of Orange county, N.Y., born in 1800 and came with his mother to this county when a young man of twelve years. He was a mechanic, and after leaving this county in 1855 located on a farm in Huron county, Ohio, where he died in 1876. He was the father of six children, of whom our subject was the eldest. The boyhood of Lockwood S. was spent in his native town and his education was received in the common schools. At the age of seventeen he came to Ithaca, being employed as a clerk in the store of L. H. Culver and Henry F. Hibbard for fifteen years, and in 1858 in company with F. Barnard for nine years he established a store for himself at the corner of State and Cayuga streets, and for thirty years he conducted a grocery and provision store, retiring in 1888. He also spent three years assisting his father in clearing up his farm in Ohio. Mr. McWhorter is a staunch Democrat in politics, but has never been willing to become an aspirant for public office. He was for years a member of Fidelity Lodge, F. & A. M. In 1848 he married Lorinda, daughter of Abram Mott, a farmer of Caroline. She died January 15, 1894. They have one son, Charles Fred, who was for a number of years engaged with his father. Charles F. is a member of Fidelity Lodge, F. & A. M., Eagle Chapter, St. Augustine Commandery and a charter member of Ithaca Council. He married in 1877 Cora Brooks of Trumansburgh, and they have a son and a daughter. Charles F. is also a Democrat. Our subject bought the property in 1847 and built the house he now occupies in 1856 and has always lived on the same spot.

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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