Oswego County's: Guide To Government

John W. Lippitt

Senator Lippitt was born in Adams, Mass., April 21, 1822, and received his education at the common schools, and at Stockbridge Academy. He removed at an early age to Solsville, Madison County, where he now resides, and where he is engaged in farming pursuits. In early life, he was a Democrat of the Free-soil proclivities, but attached himself to the Republican party when it was formed. In 1861 he was elected a Supervisor of his County, and has held that position up to the present time, being for the last 12 consecutive years Chairman of the Board. In 1864, he was elected a Member of the Assembly, and again in 1872. At the election in 1877, he was chosen to the Senate by a plurality of 3,506 over Charles Rhodes, his Democratic Opponent, and two other candidates. He is a member of the Committees on Canals, Agriculture, and Elections, and Division of Towns and Counties, and Chairman of the Committee on Roads and Bridges.

The State Government for 1879: Memorial Volume of the New Capitol. Page 62.

Death of Hon. JohnW. Lippitt.

Hon. John W. Lippitt died at his home near Solsville, last Friday, aged 74 years (5/15/1896). He had been in poor health for more than two years and during this time had days of intense suffering. Mr. Lippitt was widely known throughout Madison and Oneida counties, having represented his district in the Senate and Assembly and for many years was supervisor of the town of Madison. In his political life he was strictly upright and honest looking at all times to the interest of others. He was looked upon as a man of sound judgment and many went to him for advice and help. Mr. Lippitt was treasurer of the Old Ladies' Home at Oneida, vice president of the Utica, Clinton & Binghamton Railroad Company, also railroad commissioner for Madison. In his home and among his neighbors he was always the same, quiet accommodating, unselfish, and thoughtful man. He, will be greatly missed, and the many kind acts he did so quietly never be known only by him who will give him his reward. The funeral services were held at his late home Monday at 2 o'clock and was attended by prominent men of central New York. Mr. Lippitt leaves a wife in poor health.

Waterville Times 5/22/1896