James Schoolcraft Sherman- Was an attorney and mayor of Utica. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1886 and served several ten terms. He served as the 27th Vice President of the United States under President William Howard Taft.

Asaph Mather- In 1847 Asaph D. Mather operated a grocery store with his brother Joshua and invested in real estate. In 1866 on the corner of Genesee and Bleeker St., the site of his former grocery, Mather built A.D. Mather & Co.’s Bank, a private banking enterprise until it became a state bank in 1890. After Mather’s death in 1880, the A.D. Mather Co. took a financial interest in the Utica Belt Line Street Railroad Company when electricity was introduced into Utica’s streetcar system.

Benjamin Walker- Captain, then Colonel Benjamin Walker, was a solider in the American Revolutionary War and later served as a U.S. Representative for New York. He served as an aide on the staff of General George Washington.

 

Ellis H. Roberts- Roberts was a United States Representative from New York and the 20th Treasurer of the United States. He served as principal of Utica Free Academy in 1850 to 1851 and became editor and proprietor of the Utica Morning Herald. He was delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1864, 1868 and 1876. Roberts was also a member of the New York State Assembly in 1867.

 

Irving Baxter - A UFA graduate was an Olympic Athlete for the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Baxter brought home three silver and two gold medals in track and field. Once his Olympic career was over, Baxter returned to Utica and became a local lawyer.

James Ledlie- Brigadier General of the Union Army during the Civil War. Ledlie was appointed major of the 19th New York Infantry, which was subsequently renamed the 3rd New York Artillery regiment. Leslie was dismissed from active duty following his actions at the Battle of the Crater during the Seize of Petersburg.

 

John Butterfield- Was a visionary developer of the nation’s transportation and communication networks. In Utica in 1850, Butterfield was a founder and vice president of the American Express Company with Henry Wells of New York City as president of W.G. Fargo of Buffalo. The company consolidated several businesses that shipped freight on the railroad from New York City to Buffalo. John Butterfield’s Overland Mail Co. received a contract from the U.S. Congress in 1857 to carry mail 2,800 miles from St. Louis to San Francisco via a southern route through Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and along the coast of California to San Francisco. Butterfield was instrumental in the development of the New York, Albany and Buffalo Telegraph Company. Butterfield served as mayor of Utica in 1865.


 

James Ledlie- Brigadier General of the Union Army during the Civil War. Ledlie was appointed major of the 19th New York Infantry, which was subsequently renamed the 3rd New York Artillery regiment. Leslie was dismissed from active duty following his actions at the Battle of the Crater during the Seize of Petersburg.

 

Roscoe Conkling- A lawyer who achieved mayor of Utica in 1858, U.S. Representative from 1869 to 1863, Judge Advocate of War Department from 1863 to 1865, U.S. Representative from 1865 to 1867 and U.S. Senator from 1867 to 1880.

 

Moses Bagg- The Bagg family was one of the first settlers of Utica. A blacksmith by trade, Moses Bagg purchased 4 acres in downtown Utica. He opened a blacksmith shop, a tavern and an Inn.
Moses Bagg II- Expanded the family accommodations for travelers by building a brick hotel on the original site of his family home. The new hotel opened in 1812 and it stood for 120 years.
Moses Bagg III- A local doctor who studied at Hamilton College and Yale University. He later completed his medical degree from Geneva Medical School (Present day Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva) and an University in Paris France.

Sophia Derbyshire Bagg, wife of Moses Bagg, Jr, owner of of Bagg’s Hotel. She provided opportunities for women to address Utica’s social needs by helping to organize the Female Society of Industry, the Utica Infant School, the Orphan Asylum Society, as well as the Oneida Female Missionary Society. The Missionary Society’s revival in 1824 featured evangelist Charles G. Finney, Oneida Country native, who was beginning his national preaching career. 

Charles F. Cleveland- Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. Charles bravely picked up the Union flag and continued to march the troops into battle. He was shot three times while performing this act and managed to survive his injuries and return to duty three months later. Once discharged from the military, Cleveland returned to Utica and joined the Utica Police Department where he would eventually be promoted to Chief of Police.

Horatio Seymour- Served as Governor of New York from 1853-1855 and again in 1863-1865. As the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States in 1868, Seymour was defeated by Ulysses S. Grant.

 

James Grindlay- Was an officer in the Union Army when he received the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War Battle of Five Forks. He became the commander of his unit, the 146th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, during the last year of the war. Under his leadership, the brigade took the confederate defenses and captured more than one-thousand prisoners and four battle flags. Later Grindlay served as United States Consul to Kingston, Jamaica.


 

Major John Bellinger- Born in German Flats, NY in 1761. At age 17, Bellinger served with the Tryon County Militia, Fourth regiment, under Colonel Peter Bellinger. The Fourth regiment fought in the Battle of Oriskany commanded by Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer.

Samuel Beardsley (February 6, 1790 – May 6, 1860) was an American attorney, judge and legislator from New York. During his career he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, New York Attorney General, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, a member of the New York State Senate, and a justice of the New York Supreme Court.

James Ledlie- Brigadier General of the Union Army during the Civil War. Ledlie was appointed major of the 19th New York Infantry, which was subsequently renamed the 3rd New York Artillery regiment. Leslie was dismissed from active duty following his actions at the Battle of the Crater during the Seize of Petersburg.