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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. 


Lewis D. Dewey –

Lewis D. Dewey, who is news editor of the Courier and Freeman, is considered a leading newspaper man of St. Lawrence County and is a prominent citizen of Potsdam.  He was born in this city, Nov 15, 1890, the son of Frederick L. and Jessie (Henry) Dewey.


Frederick L. Dewey, deceased, was a representative citizen of Potsdam, where he served for many years as president of the Citizens National Bank.  He was born at Otsego, N.Y., and in 1878 was graduated from Delaware Literary Institute at Franklin.  Four years later he received a degree from Hilton College, and spent the following three years as a member of the faculty of Delaware Literary Institute.  He came to Potsdam in 1885 to take the chair in Latin and Greek in Potsdam State Normal School, and remained in the capacity until 1892.  Mr. Dewey was one of the founders of the Racquette River Paper Company, of which he served as treasurer for three years, and he was also treasurer and manager of the Colton Pulp Company.   He was identified with the Canton Lumber Company and in 1906 became president of the Citizens National Bank of Potsdam.  Mr. Dewey was a Republican and served as treasurer of the Republican county committee for many years.  He was also president of the library board, treasurer of the board of trustees of Potsdam State Normal School, and president of the Potsdam Club.  He was a prominent member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Sigma Phi and Phi Beta Kappa fraternities.  He was a director of the Northern New York Trust Company from its organization until his death.  Jessie (Henry) Dewey was born at Potsdam and now resides at Canandaigua, N.Y.  Their only child was Lewis D., the subject of this sketch.


After his graduation from Potsdam High School, Lewis D. Dewey attended Potsdam State Normal School and Hamilton College.  Then he became associated in business with Robert H. Byrns under the firm name of Dewey & Byrns, automobile dealers.  The partnership continued for three years and in 1913 Mr. Dewey accepted his present position on the Courier and Freeman as news editor.  He was also interested in the coal business at Watertown from 1923 until 1928, as secretary-treasurer of the Bisnett & Dewey Coal Company, and later, when the firm was merged with the H. E. Tyler Company, Mr. Dewey served as vice president.


On June 29, 1916, Mr. Dewey was united in marriage with Miss Alice Edna Sanford, of Potsdam, the daughter of Herbert J. and Bertha (Chittenden) Sanford, natives of Hopkinton, N.Y.  The former died in 1924 and the latter lives in Potsdam.  Mr. and Mrs. Dewey have a son, Sanford Dayton, born Oct 16, 1917.


Mr. Dewey is identified with the Republican party in politics.  He is chief of the local fire department and was a member of the board of education for three years.  His wife holds membership in the Presbyterian Church where he is affiliated with the B. P. O. Elks.


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