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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
James P. Mulhall

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 535-536 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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James P. Mulhall, manager of the Utica division of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company since 1906, with offices in Utica, has been continuously identified with this leading insurance corporation since he made his initial step in the business world nearly a third of a century ago. Steady promotion has come to him in recognition of his efficiency, faithfulness and marked ability. Mr. Mulhall was born in Matawan, New Jersey, on the 2d of March, 1874, his parents being John and Margaret (Conway) Mulhall, farming people of that place. He attended the public schools of his native city in the acquirement of an education and was eighteen years of age when in December, 1892, he entered the service of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the capacity of agent. After a short period in Matawan he was transferred to Elizabeth, New Jersey, while subsequently he represented the company as agent in Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia and many other places. In 1894 he was made assistant manager in Philadelphia, filling that position until 1896, while the two succeeding years were spent in Brooklyn in the same capacity. He served as assistant manager in Buffalo from 1899 until 1902, when he was sent as manager to Jamestown, New York, where he thus represented the Metropolitan until 1906. In the latter year he came to Utica as manager of the Utica division and has since maintained offices in this city, where he has attained a position of prominence in insurance circles. Step by step he has advanced along the line of broadening opportunities and greater usefulness, and his present success is the result of close application, thoroughness and intelligence. He is the owner of the Newell building on Genesee street, one of Utica's finest office structures, and occupies the vice presidency of the First National Bank of New Hartford.

On the 27th of April, 1898, Mr. Mulhall was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann O'Conor, daughter of Patrick O'Conor of Matawan, New Jersey. Mr. Mulhall maintains his home in New Hartford and takes a helpful interest in public affairs there as well as in Utica. He serves as a member of the board of education in New Hartford, is president of the Oneida County Tuberculosis committee, was formerly a director of the Utica Chamber of Commerce and is a director in the Oneida County Public Health Nursing Association. He is a trustee of St. John's Catholic church of New Hartford and fraternally is identified with the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His name is also on the membership rolls of the Fort Schuyler Club and the Rotary Club of Utica. Mr. Mulhall's interest in the public welfare has been manifest in many tangible efforts and his entire career has been actuated by a spirit of progress that has been productive of substantial results, his worth to the community being widely acknowledged.

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