Biography of Joseph A. Tompkins
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Tompkins, Joseph A., was born in White Plains, Westchester county, August 31, 1843, a son of Bishop T., a farmer of that county. His early life was spent in bis native county, where he was educated in the common schools. August -, 1862, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the 135th N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, and at Baltimore was transferred to the 6th N. Y. Heavy Artillery. He saw service with the Army of the Potomac in all of their important engagements. Returning to White Plains at the close of the war he engaged in carpentry work, following that till 1868, when he moved to Ithaca, where he followed his trade for a year, and then engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Tompkins has not been a continuous resident of this city, but has traveled throughout the West and South, engaged in business in different places. In June, 1883, he was appointed deputy postmaster of Ithaca, and was out after the first Cleveland administration, and was again appointed July 22, 1889, and has now filled the office six years. Mr. Tompkins is a member of the K. of P., and of the Episcopal church. He was married in 1870 to Miss Sarah Boda, of South Danby, and they have two children: Viola M. and Ray E.

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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