Norris Winslow

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Norris M. Winslow
A moderately overweight man with a petite goatee and slicked back hair facing left wearing a black suit with a black bowtie
New York State Senate
In office
1870–1873
Personal details
Born(1835-05-19)May 19, 1835
Watertown, New York
DiedMay 10, 1900(1900-05-10) (aged 64)
OccupationBanker, politician

Norris M. Winslow (May 19, 1835 – May 10, 1900) was an American banker and politician. He built almost 100 buildings in Watertown, New York.

Early life and career[change | change source]

Norris Winslow was born on May 19, 1835 in Watertown, New York as the son of John Francis Winslow and Betsey Collins Winslow.[1][2][3] He attended public schools in Fields Settlement, New York. He also studied at Falley Seminary and Watertown High School. He graduated in 1854, and he became a clerk in a department store owned by Truman Keeler in Watertown, and he was paid $2 a week.[3] After about two years, he bought the stores stock, and became a merchant.[2]

The Winslow Block in 1876

In 1866, he opened the Merchants' Bank of Watertown. In April 1870, the bank was incorporated as a stock company, and he became chief executive officer of the company. In 1869, he bought a cotton factory in Factory Square in Watertown, and he started to heavily improve the square. The Carthage, Watertown and Sackets Harbor Railroad started to be built in 1872, and Winslow was one of the directors. In 1873, he built the Winslow Block, a building in the Public Square in Watertown.[2] He built almost 100 buildings in the southeastern part of Watertown.[1]

Winslow was also the chief executive officer of the Watertown Fire Insurance Company, and he was a shareholder of the Davis Sewing Machine Company. The Watertown Spring Wagon Company was started because of him.[2][3] He was a member of the New York State Senate (18th D.) from 1870 to 1873, in the 93rd, 94th, 95th and 96th New York State Legislatures as a Republican.[3][4] He was a special agent in the U.S. Treasury Department from 1882 to 1890, but he quit because he was ill.[5]

Personal life and death[change | change source]

He married Julia Elizabeth Eddy on April 16, 1862. They had two children, Harry Eddy Winslow, who was born on June 17, 1863, and Jenny Louise Winslow, who was born on February 21, 1865.[1]

Winslow died on May 10, 1900, and he was buried at Brookside Cemetery in Watertown, New York.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eddy 1930, p. 516.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Haddock 1895, p. 376f.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Boone, H. H.; Cook, Theodore Pease (1870). Life Sketches of Executive Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York. Weed, Parsons & Company, ptrs. p. 135.
  4. York, Civil list and forms of government of the colony and state of New (1870). The New-York civil list, compiled by F.B. Hough. 4th year. [Continued as] Civil list and forms of government of the colony and state of New York.1867-70.
  5. Haddock 1895, p. 376g.
  6. "Obituary Notes; Ex-New York State Senator Morris Winslow" (PDF). The New York Times. May 11, 1900. Retrieved July 28, 2022.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
John O'Donnell
New York State Senate
18th District

1870–1873
Succeeded by
Andrew C. Middleton