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. 


Richard Eddy Sykes, B.S., M.S., D.D.

One of the most outstanding figures in educational realms in the North Country is Doctor Sykes, who is president of St. Lawrence University, at Canton.  He was born in the town of Canton Jan 3, 1861, the son of Edwin Jones and Louise (Brewer) Sykes.  Edwin Jones Sykes was a successful farmer and with the exception of a few years, spent his entire life on the farm.  Both he and his wife are deceased.


Dr. Richard Eddy Sykes was educated in the public and high schools of Canton and was graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1883, with the degree of Bachelor of Science.  Upon the completion of the academic course he then pursued his theological training in the Theological School of St. Lawrence University, and was graduated in 1885.  He received the degree of Master of Science in 1887 and the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1906.  He was ordained in 1885 as a Universalist minister, and spent 34 years in church work, serving as pastor at Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y., Denver Colo., and Malden, Mass.  On May 1, 1919, Doctor Sykes received the appointment as president of St. Lawrence University.


In his work at the University, Doctor Sykes has met with marked success and is deservedly popular.  During 1922-25 he successfully carried out campaigns to secure an endowment of $1,000,000.


Doctor Sykes holds membership in Phi Betta Kappa and Beta Theta Pi fraternities, University Club of Malden, Mass., Club of Canton, and Masonic Lodge.


On Oct. 18, 1887, Doctor Sykes was united in marriage with Miss Mabel Houghton, the daughter of Byron Knight and Emma (Gay) Houghton.  They are the parents of two daughters: 1. Dorothy Louise, born March 4, 1892, married to Felix Morse Frederiksen.  2. Elizabeth Blanche, born Sept 19, 1899, married to Ralph Harold Michaels.


Doctor and Mrs. Sykes live at 56 East Main Street, Canton.


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