Biography of William L. Mitchell
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Mitchell, William L., was born in the town of Ithaca, March 7, 1825. His early education was acquired at the district schools, with a course at the Ithaca Academy under Prof. W. S. Burt. In 1846, at the age of twenty one, he took charge of the construction of the first telegraph line between New York and Philadelphia, under the late Hon. Ezra Cornell and his associates. In 1847 he married Emily Steenburg, daughter of Hoffman Steenburg of Ithaca, by whom he had one daughter, now Mrs. Samuel Barnes of White Plains, N. Y. Mrs. Emily Mitchell died October 11, 1848, and in 1849 he married Susan T. Bradley, daughter of Hemingway H. Bradley of the town of Enfield, who bore him four children, two of whom are now living, Ella B. Cochran, now residing in Montclair, New Jersey, and Cora B. Hegeman, now residing at Middle Falls, Washington county, N. Y. Mr. Mitchell is independent in politics as he is in all his views, taking an active interest in the events of the day and in the promotion of education and religion.

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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