Tichenor, James H., was born in Ithaca, August 21, 1832, son of Joseph Smith Tichenor, for many years a manufacturing
hatter of this town. His mother was Eliza Selover, of Auburn. James was educated at the old academy and took a
college preparatory course, but his father was induced by Ezra Cornell to teach the son telegraphy, of which profession
he was one of the pioneers. At the breaking out of the war we find him studying law in the office of Dana &
Beers, where he was not contented to remain with the preservation of the Union in peril, so he became the first
enlisted soldier of Tompkins county, and raised Company A of the 32d Regiment N. Y. Volunteers. The enlistments
for this company were commenced three days after the first gun was fired on Fort Sumter. After the close of the
war he resumed the study of law with the captain of his company, Jerome Rowe, previously county judge. In 1869
he engaged in mercantile business in Ithaca. From 1870-72 he filled the office of superintendent of motive power
and telegraphy for the Geneva, Ithaca, and Sayre Railroad Company. In 1872 he was appointed justice of the peace
to fill vacancy, and in the following year was elected to the same office, and at the expiration of his term was
again appointed to fill vacancy. In 1878 he was admitted to practice at the bar, and has since followed the profession.
In 1868 Mr. Tichenor was appointed by the governor as commissary of the 50th Regiment of the National Guard, with
rank of captain. In 1871 he was appointed judge advocate on the staff of Gen. C. F. Blood, with rank of major in
the 28th Brigade, N. G. S. N. Y., and served in that capacity until the brigade was disbanded. Mr. Tichenor was
one of the originators of the G. A. R Post of this town, and has filled all the offices of the order, except commander.
He was married in 1853 to Eiiza Lee, (laughter of Dr. J. S. Lee, of the drug firm of Lee & Woodard in Ithaca.
They have one son, Edward Carleton Techenor, a lawyer of Ithaca, and one daughter.
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
Tompkins County, NY
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