Atwater, James, was born in Conesville, Schoharie county, N. Y., August 29, 1821. He attended the district schools of his native town, the Livingston Academy, and was graduated from the State Normal School at Albany in 1844. After graduation he engaged in teaching for several years; he was for seventeen years superintendent and teacher of mathematics in the Union School of Lockport. He then engaged in the insurance business in Lockport, where he has steadily pursued his chosen vocation ever since. Skillful, conscientious and successful in business, he is besides a popular citizen. He was a member of the Board of Education for a number of years and was supervisor of the Third ward for sixteen years. Mr. Atwater has always taken an active part in politics and was elected mayor of the city of Lockport in 1894. He is in all respects a worthy gentleman of high personal and business character, and deserves the prosperity he enjoys.
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