Chauncey B Hammond

Death 11 Feb 1952
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 99738963 · View Source
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Elmira Star Gazette, Tuesday, February 12, 1952 (very long--edited version):

State Senator Chauncey B. Hammond died unexpectedly Monday night at 11:05 in his room at the Hotel Ten Eyck in Albany, a few blocks from the Capital where he had served 18 years as a legislator. He was 60.

Mr. Hammond had been in ill health for several years. He spent six weeks in a Binghamton hospital last Fall and regained his strength through the long rest. He had been attending the sessions of the Legislature regularly since the state body reconvened last month.

… After he entered the Legislature, he became a popular figure in Albany. Few legislators were better known or more loved. His unquenchable sense of humor and his fund of appropriate stories made him welcome in any group.

Mr. Hammond was elected to the State Assembly in 1934 in his first bid for public office. He was unopposed in the primary election and defeated T. Jacob Banfield of Van Etten in the general election. Mr. Banfield, a Democrat, had served one term in the Assembly.

In 1939 Mr. Hammond was selected by the Republican organization as its nominee for the State Senate from the 46th Senatorial District, comprising Chemung, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. He succeeded the late C. Tracey Stagg of Ithaca.

… Mr. Hammond was on of the leading figures in the state in Masonry. … He joined the Masons as a member of Ivy Lodge of Elmira but later transferred to Jesse L Cooley Lodge when the latter unit was organized. He was among the charter officers of Cooley Lodge and advanced through the chairs to become Master. … He was an honorary 33rd degree Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. …

In both the paternal and maternal lines, Mr. Hammond was descended from old and prominent families in Chemung County. The local histories of the families date back five generations. His mother was Sarah E. Greatsinger. Her forebears settled at what is now known as Greatsinger’s Corners on East Hill. The deed to their property, dated Mar. 2, 1791, bore the signature of Gov. George Clinton.

The great-grandfather of Mr. Hammond came here from Connecticut and the place where he settled was known for many years as Hammond’s Corners. Mr. Hammond was born at Greatsinger’s Corners Nov. 5, 1882. He attended the district school and Elmira Free Academy. After finishing his studies at the Academy, he became a clerk in the office of a coal company. He left this job to attend business school where he studies shorthand.
On completion of this business course, he became the private secretary to his uncle, Jacob L. Greatsinger, president of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. After six years in New York, he returned to the Chemung Valley with his uncle, who built the Elmira, Corning & Waverly Electric Railway in 1909.

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