Biography of Samuel H.(Harry) Beach
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the Present Time
Vol. 2 - S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1912
SAMUEL H. BEACH
Samuel H. Beach, president of the Rome Savings Bank, occupies a leading position in business and financial circles of Rome and is widely known in central New York as one of its substantial and progressive citizens. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born August 27, 1863, a son of Dr. Henry and Sarah Beach.
Being early attracted to a business life, Samuel H. Beach entered the employ of G. V. Selden, a lumber dealer of Rome, New York, at the age of sixteen years and became thoroughly acquainted with all the details of the business. In 1893 he associated with his brother Benjamin H. and bought out Mr. Selden, the business having since been conducted under the name of the Beach Lumber Company. an intimate knowledge of the trade, large experience and ample means enable the firm to give their customers the fullest satisfaction as to prices and quality of material and an extensive and lucrative patronage is the result. Mr. Beach was made a trustee of the Rome Savings Bank in 1897. Three years later he was elected vice president and since September 17, 1907, has filled the position of president of that institution. This bank was organized in 1851 and has for many years been recognized as one of the most substantial institutions in Oneida county. Mr. Beach is also president to the Beach Lumber Company and the Rome Theater Company and was instrumental in organizing the Mutual Lumber Fire Insurance Companies, which now carry most of the lumber fire insurance in the United States. The business ability and integrity of Mr. Beach was recognized by Theodore Roosevelt when the latter was governor of New York, Mr. Beach being appointed by him in 1899 as manager of the Rome State Custodial Asylum. He was reappointed to this position by Governor Odell in 1909 and served to the entire satisfaction of the people until 1904. He was a member of the board of education from 1901 to 1906, filling the chair as president during 1905. He has always taken a great interest in public matters and in 1908 was appointed police and fire commissioner of the city of Rome and showed a practical knowledge in city affairs which resulted in marked benefit to the municipality.
On the 3d of February, 1982, Mr. Beach was married in this city to Miss Carrie A. Cornish, a daughter of Josiah and Mary Elizabeth (Fletcher) Cornish. Two children have been born to this union, Samuel H., Jr., and Priscilla Alden. the family resides in a beautiful home at 120 West Embargo street.
Mr. Beach is a member of the Rome Club and has served as its president. In his business he has through life been governed by the principles of honesty and fair dealing as the only sure foundation of success, and as a result his integrity is unquestioned. A man of sound judgment and keen insight, he also possesses executive ability of a high order and his present enviable position has not been gained through luck or accident. It is men of this class that may rightly be regarded as leaders in the mercantile and financial world.
Extracted by Debbie Noland Nitsche
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