Oswego County's: Guide To Government

Andrew S. Warner

The career of Senator Warner thus far through life has been simply that of a quiet, practical, and successful business man, and his official conduct in the Senate is characterized by the same unpretending qualities for which he is distinguished in private life. During the last session of the Legislature, he was Chairman of the Standing Committees on Public Buildings and En-grossed Bills, as well as a member of the Committees on Medical Societies and Charitable and Religious Societies. There is nothing brilliant and imposing about him; his efforts as a debater being more distinguished for their plain, practical common-sense than flights of poetry or the flowers of rhetoric, but he discharges his public duties in a manner that can scarcely fail to command the approbation of his constituency.

Senator Warner is a native of Vernon, Oneida county, N.Y., where he was born on the 12th of January, 1818. He is of English descent, and is a brother of the Rev. W. W. Warner, who is now preaching at Champion, Jefferson county, N. Y. His paternal grandfather, Andrew Warner, who was a gallant soldier in the American Revolution, emigrated to New York from Connecticut, and settled in Oneida county, as did also his maternal grandfather, Israel Young, who came from New Hampshire. His father, Andrew Warner, who was an industrious and enterprising farmer, died at Sandy creek, Oswego County, in 1843, at the age of fifty-two ; and his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth C. Young, is still living, at the advanced age of sixty-five.

Senator Warner received an academic education. He has always been successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, and sustains the reputation of a businessman of superior qualifications. He held the position of Superintendent of the Poor in 1848, and was a member of the Assembly during the two successive years of 1855, and '56. The success with which he met in the discharge of his duties in that body was alike creditable to himself and satisfactory to his constituents; but after the expiration of his official term he declined all further political distinction until the fall of 1859, when he consented to become a candidate for the seat he now holds in the Senate, and was victoriously elected.

In politics he was originally a strong Freesoiler, persistently opposing everything calculated to further the extension of the institution of slavery, and was a dele-gate to the Buffalo Convention in 1848, which put for-ward Mr. Van Buren as a candidate for the presidency. From that time forward, he steadily adhered to the principles of the Buffalo platform, and was early found supporting, with characteristic zeal and determination, the organization and the great cardinal doctrines of the Republican party. He has always been diligent and prompt in the discharge of all his party obligations, working late and early in behalf of the Republican cause, and has succeeded in acquiring a strong political influence in the county of Oswego, where he now re-sides.

Senator Warner was married on the 19th of October, 1842, and attends the Congregational Church. In per-son, he is a large, broad-shouldered, substantially built man, with light-blue eyes, black hair and beard; and though somewhat diffident, is kind and sociable towards all with whom he comes in contact, in the fulfillment of his private and public duties.