First Fifty Years of Cazenovia Seminary


Madison County

Sketches of Students of Second Decade.

  PHILO REMINGTON, ESQ., was born in the town of Litchfield, Herkimer County, New York, on the thirty-first day of October, 1816. His parents were Eliphalet and Abigail Remington. The father was possessed of great mechanical skill, and, while in the midst of other calls on his time, constructed a rifle. This weapon was so highly valued by the owner, and so prized by others, that more were soon called for. This was the beginning from which has sprung the world-renowned Remington rifle, and the immense works at Ilion, New York.
He had limited educational advantages. When quite young he began to bear a part in the work in his father's shop. In 1837, about the time that the so-called "Patriot War" in Canada was exciting such deep interest, Philo spent one winter in the Seminary at Cazenovia. Dr. George Peck was principal. On his return home an arrangement was made under which he commenced to work with his father in the mechanical department of the gun works. Four years later he became a partner in the business. Two other members of the family, Samuel and Eliphalet, subsequently became partners in the firm.
  Mr. Remington is exceedingly modest and retiring; he gives no opinion hastily, does nothing rashly, is gifted with remarkable serenity of disposition and sound judgment; he is accepted as a leader without any assertion of leadership by himself. Having been prospered in business, other qualities in Mr. Remington's nature have been called into use. He has sought to live unselfishly and nobly, with the hope and purpose of making the world the better for his living. It would do no good to attempt a detail of his work for the welfare of others; indeed, it would be esteemed by him an unpardonable thing for us to assume such a task. His life is known to the Master whom he seeks to serve, and with that he is content.
  In early life Philo Remington was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has remained a faithful member. After what has been stated of his personal characteristics, we shall hardly be expected to say that he is other than a quiet, unostentatious Christian. A man of few words at all other times and in all other places, so he remained when in the church or the class room; but, nevertheless, his has been no useless life in a religious sense. In many ways that we need not detail he has sought to do honor to the cause he espoused in his childhood, and which holds, as it always has, a warm place in his heart.
  The business on his hands has received for a long series of years his devoted attention. Though well-informed on all general affairs, he confines his attention strictly to his own business interests, leaving politics and outside matters to those whose tastes lead them in that direction.
Mr. Remington's family is small: a wife, who has trod the journey of life with him, and two daughters, both of whom are now married, make up the circle.

pp. 110-111.

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