Major Chester Ingersoll Warren
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.

MAJOR CHESTER INGERSOLL WARREN—The death of Major Warren, on May 26, 1919, at the early age of thirty-nine years, prematurely terminated a career of great promise and of already notable achievement. As vice-president and member of the board of directors of the Fuller & Warren Company, he was identified with one of the best known concerns of Rensselaer county and during the World War he rendered such efficient and unusual service in the Ordnance Department that he was commissioned a major. His early death represented a distinct loss to the city of Troy.

Major Chester Ingersoll Warren was born in Troy, New York, February 22, 1880, youngest son of the late Walter P. (q. v.) and Martha Mabbett (Warren) Warren. After attending Stone's School, at Cornwall-on-Hudson, he began his college preparatory work at the Albany Military Academy and upon the completion of his course there entered Cornell University, from which he was graduated in 1905 with the degree of Mechanical Engineer. After the completion of his college training he became associated with the famous stove manufacturing concern with which his family has for years been identified, the Fuller & Warren Company, as a member of the board of directors and as purchasing agent. His ability soon became apparent and his advancement was rapid. As an able executive and as a careful and discriminating purchasing agent he displayed signal powers and at the time of his death he was vice-president of the company.

Major Warren's activities however, were not confined wholly to business. He was a director of the Troy Boys' Club and chairman of its industrial committee. He was also a member of the Troy Club and the Van Schaick Island Country Club, of Troy. He was active in the affairs of the Cornell Alumni Association, of which he was a member, and rendered active services as membership secretary of the local Red Cross chapter until he entered the army.

Upon the entrance of the United States into the World War he was one of the first civilians to receive a commission in the Officer's Reserve Corps of the Ordnance Department. In May, 1917, he was commissioned a captain and ordered to report for duty at the Watervliet Arsenal. He was first designated as quartermaster, disbursing officer, and ordnance storekeeper. Later he was placed in charge of the purchasing department and eventually took over the balance of stores, thus taking complete charge of the stock at the arsenal. In the notice of his death, issued by the military authorities of the Watervliet arsenal, it was stated that he took up the work of the purchasing department when it was staggering under a burden too large for its shoulders, that he brought order out of chaos and put the arsenal's purchasing department on a modern business basis, where it was discounting many of its bills, a practice almost unheard of in government operating institutions. Such a notice coming as it did from a military source is really a remarkable testimonial. So effective was his work that, in January, 1918, he was comnjissioned a major in the ordnance. The fact that any persons coming from civil life should, by personal magnetism and his able business judgment, be able, at his age, to accomplish these measures in the face of the usual government red tape, is an achievement which marks Major Warren as a young man of exceptional force and ability and in itself is convincing evidence of the great loss which his firm and the industry have sustained.

In addition to the affiliations already mentioned Mr. Warren was a member of the Cornell University Club, of New York City; of Kappa Alpha fraternity, of Cornell University; and of the Sons of the Revolution; and his religious interest was with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of which he was a member.

Chester Ingersoll Warren married, on October 23, 1907, De Ette Samson, daughter of Frederick and Sarah D. (Welch) Samson, of Hartford, Connecticut, both deceased, the former of whom was secretary of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. Mr. Warren is survived by his wife and one son, Chester Ingersoll, Jr., who was born January 19, 1912, and is now (1923) a student in Albany Academy.

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