Biography of Robert C. Reynolds
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Reynolds, Robert Crandall, came to Groton about 1816, and from that time until his death, February 15, 1874, was one of the foremost men of the town. He was generous and public spirited in all local interests, especially educational matters, being one of the founders of the old academy and one of its chief supporters, sending many a poor youth to the institution at his own expense, who could not otherwise have enjoyed those privileges. Mr. Reynolds was born in Bristol, Mass., June 6, 1792, one of two sons of Gideon Reynolds, a shoemaker of Bristol, who came to Herkimer county, where he met with an accidental death. On coming to Groton our subject started in trade with Jeremiah Stevens, and also purchased the old Groton Hotel, added to it, and was its proprietor for about twenty five years. At the same time he was engaged in other enterprises, remaining in active business till 1866, when he retired with a well earned competency. His wife was Louisa Stevens, a lady of refinement and education, who died July 20, 1866. They had no children. Mr. Reynolds was a firm Democrat, but sought no political preferment. Samuel Clark Reynolds was the nephew of Robert C., and became a resident of Groton in 1852, having been born in Herkimer county, February 28, 1833, the son of William Reynolds. On coming to the village Samuel was a clerk in the employ of his uncle, and in later years became his business partner (1855-66). Robert was succeeded in 1866 by H. K. Clark. In 1880 Samuel retired. from active business, and has since been a traveling salesman. Liked his uncle, Mr. Reynolds has ever been a staunch Democrat, and has been candidate for the Assembly. October 27, 1859, he married Mary, daughter of Sidney Gooding, and they have had three children.

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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