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The Dwinelles: Cazenovia residents with far-reaching impact

From the Madison County Historian

A bust of Justin Dwinelle was created in his honor. Justin was an acclaimed lawyer, member of the United States House of Representatives and was appointed as the Madison County District Attorney in 1838.

A bust of Justin Dwinelle was created in his honor. Justin was an acclaimed lawyer, member of the United States House of Representatives and was appointed as the Madison County District Attorney in 1838.

William Dwinelle was born on July 22, 1819 in Cazenovia. He lived on the family farm before entering school to become a dentist. Around 1856 he moved to New York City where he opened a practice which became very successful. William also became a pioneer in research on bridges and crowns. He served in numerous professional rolls, including serving as president of the Dental Protective Union. William returned to Cazenovia after his retirement and died in February of 1896. He is buried at the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery.

William and John’s younger brother Samuel was born in Cazenovia on Feb. 12, 1824. Samuel also moved to California, settling in San Francisco where he became a judge in the 15th District Court for Contra Costa County from 1864 to 1879. After leaving his seat as a judge he returned to private practice forming a partnership in San Francisco with David McClure. Samuel died suddenly in January of 1886.

The Dwinell family had a profound impact throughout the United States. Like many so many others they remind us of how important Madison County residents were to the development of this country.

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Matthew Urtz is the Madison County Historian. He can be reached at 366-2453 or matthew.urtz@co.madison.ny.gov. A list of Urtz’s sources for this article can be found at madisoncountynyhistory.com.

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