Franklin Cuthbert Cornell, Sr

Franklin Cuthbert Cornell, Sr

Death 23 Jan 1908 (aged 70)
Burial Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
Plot ws-503-4
Memorial ID 42571781 · View Source
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husband of Susan Pettigrove Cornell

(Ithaca Daily News; Ithaca, NY. Wednesday, January 22, 1908. pages 1 & 5.

Brother of Governor and Eldest Son of Cornell University's Founder

Franklin Cuthbert Cornell, aged 71 years, the eldest son of Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell university, died while eating breakfast at his home, Forest Park, at the corner of Stewart and South avenues, at 11 o'clock this morning.

Mr. Cornell attended the wedding of Miss Catherine Reed and William Hart Storms, cashier of the Ithaca Trust company, of which the deceased was president, at the Episcopal chapel last evening. He did not complain of being ill at that time nor had he stated to any of his friends throughout the day that he was in other than his usual spirits.

When Mr. Cornell awakened this morning , he complained of pains in his arms and chest. He was requested by members of his family to keep to his bed but insisted on dressing. He asked that breakfast be made ready for him and he seated himself at the table a very few minutes before 11 o'clock. Just as he was about to eat a morsel of food, he fell over in his chair and died immediately, the cause being neuralgia of the heart.

The news of his death, which was shortly telephoned to the Ithaca Trust company, and to his friends throughout the city spread rapidly and sympathetic messages poured in upon the family from all sides.

Franklin C. Cornell was born in this city, Aug. 28, 1837, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Cornell. He was the eldest son. He was educated in the old Ithaca academy, but did not attend the university which his father founded, as he was too old at that time.

Manages Father's Estate

Following his graduation, Mr. Cornell gave his time to caring for his father's stock and farming lands. He was much interested in this work, and preferred it to any other.

Upon the death of his father, in 1874, Mr. Cornell was appointed administrator of the estate, and managed it to a successful termination. Many intricate questions were involved, and Mr. Cornell showed his business capacity in the manner he handled the affairs.

He furthered the plans of his father, both in the university which had been founded and in overseeing the large lands and stock ownings. He resembled his father, not only in looks but also in temperament.

Franklin C. Cornell was married to Susan Pettigrove at Owego, on Jan. 16, 1862. Two sons and two daughters were born to them; one of the former is dead. Mrs. Cornell died a number of years ago.

Friend of the University

Mr. Cornell had been president of the Ithaca Trust company since its organization in 1891, and had seen active service in that capacity until the time of his death. He was a director of the Lehigh Valley Railroad company, and a large owner of real estate in and near this city.

He was chairman of the executive committee of Cornell university, and member of the finance committee of the same institution, a former president of the agricultural society, chairman of the finance committee and trustee of the Ithaca Savings bank, and a member of the board of education. He was a member of the local protective police.
He was a trustee of the Cornell Free library. He was a Republican, though not active in politics.

Mr. Cornell, who was a brother of former-Governor Alonzo B. Cornell, is survived by one son, Franklin C. Cornell, jr., of this city; two daughters, Miss Dorothy Cornell of this city and Mrs. Eunice Cornell Taylor of New York; one brother, O.H. Perry Cornell of Virginia, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles H. Blair and Miss Mary T. Cornell, both of Ithaca.

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