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Dixon, Joseph Raymond

 Person

JOSEPH RAYMOND DIXON.

By Principal E. J. Peck, of Homer Academy.

Joseph Raymond Dixon, son of the Rev. David R. Dixon, was born at Utica, January 30, 1811, graduated at Hamilton College, 1837.

Principal of Cherry Valley Academy, 1837-1840; married Miss Eliza Gould, June 2, 1840; first principal of Cortlandville Academy, 1843-1847; principal of Manlius Academy, 1847-1850; principal of Champlain Academy, 1850-1853; teacher of mathematics at Cortland Academv, 1853-1856; editor and publisher of the Cortland County Republican, 1856-1876; died October 29, 1880.

As a student and scholar Mr. Dixon took the highest rank in his class and was known throughout his life for his thorough scholarly attainments.

As a teacher he was eminently successful from his thorough work in the class-room as well as the quiet energy and enthusiasm he manifested in the subject, and he became widely known by his success in moulding and directing the minds of many who have since become men of mark and usefulness in their day.

His work as the editor of a political journal was marked by the same honesty, purity and devotion to truth which characterized him in every department of life, public and private. He made the claims of party politics at all times subordinate to the moral interests of the community in which he lived.

While he was thus active and prominent in various stations, it was his character as a man in these relations that is most worthy of record. Orthodox and conservative without bigotry, in sympathy with all real reform yet without radical bitterness, in all the acts of his life he shone as the model Christian gentleman. He was essentially great and good, or rather great in goodness, and when the sad accident by which he met his death became known, he was mourned by a whole community as though each family had lost a personal friend.

From the Annual Report of the Regents of the University of the State of New York, vol. 95, p. 429.