Biography of Charles J. Rumsey
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Rumsey, Charles J., was born in the town of Enfield, January 30, 1849, the son of James Rumsey, a farmer of Enfield, who died in 1868. Charles was educated in the common schools and the old Ithaca Academy, living on the homestead farm until reaching his majority. In 1870 he came to Ithaca, where he acted as clerk for his brother, John, in the hardware store established in 1858. In 1876 he became a partner in the firm of John Rumsey & Co. The senior member retiring in 1879 the firm became Charles J. Rumsey & Co. For three years his partners were Edwin Gillette and E. M. Finch, since then only Mr. Gillette being the company. Mr. Ruinsey is a Democrat in politics, and was president of Ithaca in 1882-83-84, this being the time of the establishment of the electric light plant. He was civil service commissioner three years, also a prominent member of the Masonic order. He married in 1880 Sarah Cooper, of Catharine, Schuyler county, and they have two sons, John and Lawrence.

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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