People in Government, Education and Medicine with a Cortland Connection


Alton Parker Parker Alton Brooks Parker (1852-1926), a Cortlandville farm boy, rose to become Chief Justice of the Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court. In 1904, he ran unsuccessfully as the Democrats candidate against Theodore Roosevelt for the presidency of the United States.
Lamont Bright, energetic, and politically astute, Daniel Lamont of McGraw was Grover Cleveland’s secretary during the latter's terms as governor of New York State. Cleveland admired and trusted Lamont, and he became his secretary during Cleveland's first term as president, then Secretary of War in the Cabinet during the president's second time around. The cannons in Court House Park were donated by Lamont in 1876.
Lewis Swift Also from Marathon was astronomer Lewis Swift, Ph.D. (1820-1912), who discovered 12 comets, over 1200 nebulae, and observed several total eclipses.
Dr. James H. Salisbury Scientist, author and physician, Dr. James H. Salisbury (1823-1905) of Scott and Homer, recognized that existing diseases were treated without knowledge of their cause. His 1849 studies verified that diseases were caused by specific germs. These findings by Dr. Salisbury predated similar findings by Pasteur. Dr. Salisbury's name is connected to steak cooked with vegetables on top, as he recommended this as a treatment for ill Civil War soldiers.
Miller Nathan Miller (1868 - 1953) Served as the 43rd Governor of New York (1921-1922), was New York State Comptroller (1901-1903), served on New York Supreme Court (1903 - 1915), and was President of the New York State Bar Association (1920). The son of a tenant farmer, he was born in Solon, New York. He attended Groton Union School and Cortland Normal School (1887). He began his law career in Cortland and became involved in (Republican) politics. His association with Andrew Carnegie helped his rise in politics. He died in New York City (6/26/1953) and is buried in the Cortland Rural Cemetery.
Bertini Catherine Bertini is a resident of Homer, New York, has had a distinguished career in public service. She was the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (1992 - 2002) and currently is a Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
white Andrew Dickson White was born in Homer, New York (1832). He graduated from Yale University (1853) and returned to Syracuse in 1863. Along with Ezra Cornell (a wealthy Quaker farmer from Ithaca) he established Cornell University in 1865. He served as the first president of the university. He was ambassador to Germany for two terms, 1879 - 1881 and 1897 - 1902.
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