Dwight Marvin
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

DWIGHT MARVIN—Educated for the law, Dwight Marvin sidestepped but did not leave professional company, only substituting journalism for the law, beginning as a reporter on the Troy "Times" and rising to the position he has filled for a nvimber of years, editor of the Troy "Record," morning and evening.

Dwight Marvin is a son of Rev. Dwight E. and Ida Norton (Whitman) Marvin, and a descendant of Reinold Marvin, who was a son of Edward and Margaret Marvin, and was baptized in St. Mary's Church, Great Bentley, Essex, England, June 7, 1593, died in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, in 1662. Reinold Marvin appeared in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1638, later moving to Farmington, thence to Saybrook, where he was made a freeman on May 20, 1658. Later he built a house in Lyme, retaining his home lot and considerable property in Saybrook. Reinold and Marie Marvin were the parents of nine children, descent being traced to Dwight Marvin, of Troy, through their seventh son, Reinold (2), styled in their records as lieutenant, and his wife, Sarah Clark; their eldest son, John, and his wife, Sarah Graham; their seventh child, Benjamin, and his wife, Deborah Mather; their eldest child, Benjamin (2), and his wife, Phoebe Rowland; their eldest son, Uriah, and his wife, Olive Ingraham; their tenth child. Rev. Uriah, and his wife, Jane Stevens; their son, Rev. Dwight Edwards, and his wife, Ida Norton Whitman; their son, Dwight, and his wife, Marian Hobbie; their children, Margaret I., William H., and Marian E.

Uriah Marvin, of the sixth generation, left his country home when a young man and with his brother, Richard, engaged in the mercantile business in Albany, New York, where he became a leading citizen. He married Olive Ingraham, and their son. Rev. Uriah, is of further mention.

Rev. Uriah Marvin, son of Uriah and Olive (Ingraham) Marvin, was a minister of the gospel, ordained April i8, 1849, by the Reformed Dutch Classis. He was pastor of churches at Greenwich, New York; Bleecker Street Church, New York City; and Nyack, New York; and spent his last days in Troy, New York. He married Jane Stevens, and their son Rev. Dwight Edwards, is of further mention.

Rev. Dwight Edwards Marvin, fourth child of Rev. Uriah and Jane (Stevens) Marvin, was born in Greenwich, Washington County, New York, February 22, 1851. He was graduated from Alexander Institute in 1866, from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1880, and then took post-graduate courses at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and in 1882 was regularly ordained a minister of the Congregational church. He filled pastorates at the First Church, East Albany, 1881-1884; Plymouth Church, Utica, New York, 1884-1888; First Church, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1888-1900; Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Flatbush Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York, 1902-1910. He is the author of the "Christman," 1908; "Professor Slagg of London," 1908; "The Church and Her Prophets," 1909; "The Harksborough Committee,"1915; "Fireside Prayers," 1921 ; "Sunset Thoughts," 1921; "Curiosities in Proverbs," 1916; and "The Antiquity of Proverbs," 1923. He is a member of the Folk Lore Society of England, and is the possessor of a notable library of books pertaining to folk lore. Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy upon him in 1900. Rev. Marvin is a Republican in politics, and a member of the City Club, of New York City. His home is at No. 55 Fernwood road, Summit, New Jersey.

Rev. Marvin married, September 17, 1874, Ida Norton Whitman, daughter of William W. and Caroline K. (Perkins) Whitman, of Troy. Dr. and Mrs. Marvin are the parents of four children: Charles Ingalls; Caroline Whitman; Dwight, of further mention; and Rowland Whitman. Dwight Marvin, of the ninth generation, second son and third child of Rev. Dwight Edwards and Ida Norton (Whitman) Marvin, was born in Auburn, New York, February 7, 1880. After preparatory training he entered Princeton University, where he was a student, 1896-1898, passing thence to Williams College, where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts, class of 1901; and the degree of Master of Arts in 1904. He studied at Albany Law School after his graduation in 1901, and in 1903 received his degree of Bachelor of Laws from that institution. He practiced law at Troy, New York, 1903-1906, then retired and has ever since been connected with journalism in the city of Troy. During 1906-07 he was on the staff of the Troy "Times"as reporter and assistant city editor, since which he has been a member of the editorial staff, being exchange editor 1907-08; assistant editor, 1908-11; associate editor, 1911-15; and since 1910, editor of the Troy Morning and Evening "Record," being also a director of the Troy Record Publishing Company.

Mr. Marvin is chairman of the board of managers of Pawling Sanatorium; member of the National River and Harbors Congress, aiso a director; member of the National Municipal League; New York Child Labor Commission; State Charities Aid Society; member of New York State Association, and chairman of its board of directors; member of William Floyd Chapter, Sons of the Revolution; Phi Delta Theta, and the Phi Delta Phi fraternities; the Troy Chamber of Commerce; the RotaryClub; also president 1922-1923; vice-president of Rensselaer County Tuberculosis Association; director of the Chromatic Club of Troy; memberof the Williams Alumni Association of Northern New York; a member of the Princeton Alumni Association, Hudson Valley; formerly trustee of the Second Street Presbyterian Church, Troy; and a member of the council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, which he serves as an elder, and in politics is a Republican.

Dwight Marvin married, March 4, 1909, Marian Hobbie, of Greenwich, New York, daughter of the Hon. William R. and Phebe (Walsh) Hobbie, the father former Assemblyman from Washington county for many years, and a prominent paper manufacturer. Both parents are living. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin are the parents of three children: Margaret Ingalls; William Hobbie; and Marian Elizabeth. The family home is at No. 197 Pawling Avenue, Troy, New York.

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