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Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Harry M. Ingram –

One of the well known lawyers of St. Lawrence County is Harry M. Ingram, who is engaged in practice at Potsdam.  He was born at Ogdensburg, Aug 12, 1882, the son of James J. and Eliza N. (Merritt) Ingram.


James J. Ingram, who died in 1913, was a native of Ogdensburg, where he spent his entire life.  He was identified with the Western Union Telegraph Company as manager of the Ogdensburg office for many years.  His wife was born at Buffalo and died in 1923.  Their children were:  1. Nellie M. Normand, who died in 1899.  2. James Johnston, who died in 1912.  3. Lulu E., who died in 1881.  4. Harry M., the subject of this sketch.  5. Mabel N. Coombs, lives at Ogdensburg.  6. William D., who is district attorney of St. Lawrence County, lives at Ogdensburg.  7. Charles D., who lives at Ogdensburg.  Mr. Ingram was a Republican and a member of the Episcopal Church.


Harry M. Ingram received his education at Ogdensburg and in 1900 was graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy.  He then studied law in the offices of Malby & Lucey, being admitted to the bar in 1904.  He immediately became associated with the Board of Statutory Consolidation, a state board engaged in the consolidation of all the general statutes of the State of New York.  Upon the completion of this work in 1909 Mr. Ingram came to Potsdam where he formed a partnership with Edwin A. Merritt, Jr., who in 1912 became speaker of the assembly.  This partnership continued until the death of Mr. Merritt in 1913, in which year he was the representative in congress from this district.  In 1915 Mr. Ingram was appointed revision clerk of the New York State Senate at Albany, and acted in that capacity until Jan 1., 1922, when he was appointed executive officer of the State Public Service Commission.  During the recesses of the state legislature, while revision clerk of the senate, he acted as counsel to the joint legislative commission on the simplification of civil practice in the courts of the state.  Mr. Ingram continued his service with the Public Service Commission until Oct 15, 1930, at which time he resigned to resume his law practice in Potsdam.  He has always been a Republican and has been chairman of the Republican county committee since 1913.


On Nov 3, 1910, Mr. Ingram married Miss Edna B. Keyes, of Albany, the daughter of Edgar B. and Mollie (Ryan) Keyes.  Mr. Keyes was a native of Jefferson County and died in 1919.  His widow was born in Missouri and now lives in Potsdam.  To Mr. and Mrs. Ingram were born two children:  1. Verner Merritt, born in 1911, a graduate of Albany High School, attends Cornell University, class of 1932.  2. James Redfield, born in 1913, a graduate of Albany High School, attends Cornell University, class of 1934.


Mr. Ingram is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and belongs to the Potsdam Club, the Potsdam Country Club, Ogdensburg Century Club, and Albany Club.  He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.  He also holds membership in the American Academy of Political Science and New York State Historical Society.  He is treasurer for the New York State Bar Association, and is a member of the St. Lawrence and American Bar associations.


Mr. Ingram is president of the Unity Paper Corporation, and a director of the Citizens National Bank of Potsdam.


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