Clinton Historical Society offers ‘The Story of the Tower Family’ presentation


CLINTON — Clinton Historical Society, 1 Fountain St., will host its monthly presentation, “The Story of the Tower Family,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14 held virtually via Zoom.

From nearby Waterville to the Kremlin, from the iron mines of Minnesota to the race track of Sebring, “The Story of the Tower Family” is a riveting account of one family’s impact on American history.

Attendees may plan to listen in as resident and local historian Wade Lallier tells the story of this family dynasty of power and prosperity in the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

The story begins with the prosperous businessman and father, Reuben Tower. Next came the rise of Charlemagne Tower (a direct descendant through his mother from the first Holy Roman Emperor) with his service during the American Civil War, his passion for land acquisition and major influence on the coal and railroad industries. 

His son, Charlemagne Tower Jr. became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as minister to Austria-Hungary for President McKinley before being transferred to Russia as ambassador.

He later served as ambassador to Germany under President Theodore Roosevelt.

Lallier, a resident of Waterville, holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Syracuse University. He is president of the Clinton Historical Society and author of, “Chenango Canal The Million Dollar Ditch.”

Out of an abundance of care for the health of the publicthere will be no in-person audience. The program is free and will be conducted virtually via Zoom. It will be recorded and placed later on the Clinton Historical Society YouTube channel.

To gain access to the Zoom link for this event, send an email to the Clinton Historical Society at

The Clinton Historical Society YouTube channel is


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