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Westcott, Edward Noyeslocked

(27 September 1846–31 March 1898)
  • Dennis Wepman

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Westcott, Edward Noyes (27 September 1846–31 March 1898), author and banker, was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Amos Westcott, a dentist, and Clara Babcock. Although his father was a prosperous and prominent citizen of Syracuse, serving as the first president of the New York State Dental Society and, during part of the Civil War, as mayor of his city, Westcott was unable to follow his desire to pursue a formal education and attend college. After finishing high school at the age of sixteen he took a job as junior clerk with the Mechanics’ Bank of Syracuse. In 1866 he moved to New York City, where he worked for the Mutual Life Insurance Company for two years before returning to Syracuse to take a job as discount clerk with the Second National Bank. When that institution closed, he became a teller at the First National Bank and later a cashier with the banking firm of Wilkinson & Company. He married Jane Dows in 1874; the couple had three children....

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