Edward WEMPLE

Male 1843 - 1920  (77 years)


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  • Name Edward WEMPLE 
    Born 23 Oct 1843  Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Dec 1920  at the home of Aaron Scott, Glen, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2546  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father William Barent WEMPLE,   b. 16 Aug 1809, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1869, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Rebecca YATES,   b. 15 Jan 1811, Fonda, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1891, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 14 Mar 1833 
    Family ID F683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adelaide F. GROOT,   b. 19 Mar 1844, Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1895, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1868 
    Children 
     1. Grace Adelaide WEMPLE,   b. 12 Aug 1869, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1964  (Age < 94 years)
     2. Alice Maud WEMPLE,   b. 06 Jun 1871, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1966  (Age < 94 years)
     3. Ralph Clancy WEMPLE,   b. 05 Dec 1872, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1875, probably Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Edward Guy WEMPLE,   b. 31 May 1875,   d. Bef 1970  (Age < 94 years)
     5. Roy WEMPLE,   b. 30 Jan 1877, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1877, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Winslow Paige WEMPLE,   b. 07 Jun 1884, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1885, Fultonville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A member of the State Assembly, a State Senator, member of Congress, State Comptroller and Presidential Electoral College. Residence: Fultonville, NY WBW

      The following is from an unpublished manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. and written by William Barent Wemple, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913.

      He was born in Fultonville, Montgomery County, NY, October 23, 1843; married Alelaide F. Groot, September 10, 1969; his wife was a daughter of Simon C. Groot, of Schenectady, and was born in that place March 19, 1844; she died in Fultonville, NY, December 24, 1895.

      At the common schools of his native village, he was taught the rudiments of his earliest education, and was afterwards a student of the Ashland Academy in Greene County, and of the Schenectady Union School. where he prepared for a collegiate course. He learned readily and was a diligent student; hence he was ready for college at an earlier age than most other boys. Entering Union College, then in a flourishing condition, he was graduated from there in 1861 at the age of twenty-three. He was not long in deciding upon the choice of a profession, for during his college courses, the study of political and legal science seems to have possessed special charms for him. On leaving college, he entered on the study of law in the office of W. L. Van Denbergh. Mr. Wemple's father was at that time largely engaged in the foundry business at Fultonville with his two sons Nicholas and William H. and shortly after the father's death in 1869, Edward was admitted into partnership with his two brothers.

      He soon acquired a thorough practical knowledge of the foundry business, which has been continued with increasing success down to the present. At the same time he was diligently employing his leisure moments in the study of political and state affairs in which he was to become so prominent, exhibiting those qualifications which belong to the right man in the right place, Mr. Wemple entered political life as an ardent young advocate of the principles of the Democratic party, to which he has always adhered with an uncompromising spirit. He had scarcely reached the age of thirty before he was chosen president of the village of Fultonville, in 1873, and from that period we may date the beginning of his useful, active and honorable career as a popular political leader. He next filled the office of supervisor of his native town, in the prosperity of which he has always taken a lively interest. This position he held during the years 1874, 1875 1876. In 1876 he was elected as a Democrat to the legislature over Davis W. Shuler (Republican) and N. T. De Graff (Prohibition), and served acceptably on the committees of railroads, villages and the library. He was re-elected to the legislature in 1877. Increasing in popularity, his party nominated him four years after the close of his legislative term, in 1882, for a member of congress from the Twentieth district, and though the district is a strong Republican one (from 1500 to 2000 majority), he was triumphantly elected over Howard George West, of Ballston, the Republican candidate. His congressional record formed a bright page in his history, and demonstrated his capacity as a practical man, whose highest aim in not to serve party alone, but the country at large. He served with credit on the committee on public buildings and grounds, and also on that of railroads on canals. He advocated the measures for securing better mail facilities, and took a leading part in the welfare of the veterans of the Union army, pushing forward a prompt settlement of their just claim. He also presented the measure of giving the president the power to veto separate objectionable items on appropriation bills without killing the whole bill. The justice of this congressional act must be apparent to all classes, irrespective of party. But one of the grandest measures for which Mr. Wemple contended till it was successfully accomplished, was the securing of an appropriation to erect a noble monument at Schuylerville, to commemorate the glorious and decisive victory over the British on the ever memorable field of Saratoga. All patriotic citizens will ever join in honoring him for his works and labors of love in a cause so worthy and just.

      Mr. Wemple has always been a strong friend of the Erie Canal, and while in Congress he earnestly contended that the federal government should do its duty and provide for the maintenance and repair of the free artificial waterways of this State, which form an indispensable link in the chain of navigation from the great West to tidewater, just as it provides for the maintenance and repair of far less important free national waterways in all sections of the country; and that without affecting in the least the jurisdiction of the State.
      Retiring from his Congressional life with well earned laurels, Mr. Wemple sought the quietude of his beautiful home at Fultonville, among the friends of his youthful days, and in the enjoyment of domestic scenes. But he was not long to remain in the walks of private life. In 1885 he was elected to the state senate from the 18th district, composed of the counties of Saratoga, Fulton, Hamilton, Schenectady and Montgomery; this district had a normal Republican majority of 2000. He opponent was the Honorable Austin A. Yates (Republican), and the contest was carried on with great determination on both sides. Mr. Wemple won by a majority of twenty, and it was a striking instance of his remarkable popularity among his friends and neighbors, that he should thus succeed in so strong a Republican district, and with so powerful an adversary as Judge Yates. As a State senator, Mr. Wemple added additional lustre to his already well-established reputation as an able, upright and patriotic citizen. He took an active part in the leading measures which came before that body, and while he always endeavored to sustain the honor of his party, he at the same time tried to advance the interests of the commonwealth.

      In the fall of 1887, at the conclusion of his senatorial term, Mr. Wemple was nominated for state comptroller, the most important office under the state government except that of governor, and was elected by a majority of 15374, the highest vote received by a candidate on the ticket, and entered upon his duties January 1, 1888. The term of office is two years and he was re-elected for a second term in 1889. The affairs of this high and responsible office were conducted by Mr. Wemple in a manner that reflected the highest credit. Since his retirement from office in 1892, after four years of service, Mr. Wemple has passed the greater part of the time at his beautiful and historic home on the banks of the Mohawk at Fultonville.

      In 1892 he was chosen as a member of the Electoral College from New York State which elected Grover Cleveland president of the United States. The secret of Mr. Wemple's success as a politician lies in his broad intelligence, his exceptional executive ability and his strict integrity. He is regarded by his party as one who is always true to his political principles, strong in his convictions of duty, and an able exponent of the old Jeffersonian doctrines. As a man he in plain in manners, affable and easily approachable and popular wherever known for his geniality.


      From papers sent to the compiler by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI on July 1, 1999:

      From http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyherkin/amsterdam/ansterhome4.html
      From the 1898 Home Almanac of Amsterdam, New York

      October 17th - The Wemple foundry at Fultonville burned.

      November 13th - Ex-Comptroller Edward WEMPLE of Fultonville arrested upon the charge of arson. He was admitted to bail in the sum of $5,000.00.

      December 2nd - Edward WEMPLE pronounced insane and taken to the Utica State Hospital.

      From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple on September 5, 2000:

      CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY
      WASHINGTON, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1883

      . . . TWENTIETH DISTRICT
      Counties - Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady
      EDWARD WEMPLE, of Fultonville, was born at Fultonville, October 23, 1843, educated at Union College, graduating with the class of 1866; studied law for a time. but became a manufacture in the foundry business; was supervisor for his native town during 1874, 1875, and 1876; was a member of the New York State Legislature in 1877 and 1878, serving on the committees of Railroads, Villages, and the Library; and was elected to the Forty-eighth Congress as a Democrat, receiving 17,831 votes against 17,742 votes for George West, Republican. . . .

      APPENDIX TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (page 28)

      Saratoga Monument
      SPEECH OF HON. EDWARD WEMPLE
      of New York
      in the House of Representatives, Thursday, December 4, 1884
      (On the bill S.1309 to provide statuary and historical tablets for the Saratoga monument

      Mr. Wemple said:
      Mr. Speaker: The Saratoga Monument Association is incorporated under perpetual charter by the State of New York. This association is composed of patriotic citizens from many States of our Union. Hon. John H. Starin, of New York city is its president, and among the list of trustees are such men as Horatio Seymore, Hamilton Fish, William L. Stone, Benson J. Lossing, George William Curtis, and others, of New York; General Kirke, of South Carolina, General Rodgers, of Rhode Island; Giles B. Slocum, of Michigan, and E. B. Canning, of Massachusetts.

      The association had acquired title to four acres of land within the line of Burgoyne's entrenchments, overlooking the field of surrender, and have erected thereon a beautiful monumental shaft one hundred and fifty-five feet high. The exterior walls of this granite monument are now finished.

      The board of trustees have most judicially and economically expended the money entrusted to them. The structure has so far cost $65,000, $30,000 of which was appropriated by the General Government, $25,000 by the State of New York, and $10,000 was raised by private subscription. They have now to show for this a most handsome and artistic monument. It will require about $75,000 to finish this monument as desired.

      This bill appropriates $40,000. If the General Government will give this amount we are assured that the State of New York will again contribute twenty-five thousand, and the board of trustees pledge themselves to again raise by private subscription the sum of ten thousand. With this amount they intend to place in the outside niches on three sides statures of General Schuyler, General Gates, and General Morgan. The fourth niche being left unfilled, with the name of Arnold engraved underneath. . . .


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