Introduction to “A History of the First Fresh Water Port in the United States”

Oswego was the first fresh water port in the United States and an important gateway to the West. The following paper regarding the Port was written by John W. O’Connor and read before the Oswego County Historical Society on February 24, 1942. It has been edited by Ann Callaghan Allen, Professor, LeMoyne College, Department of Communications and Film Studies.

Mr. O’Connor was the Chief Executive Officer of the Port at the time he prepared this paper. He had a distinguished business career. He also was active in many civic organizations in Oswego. They include: a) the Oswego Players; b) the Oswego Historical Society; c) Rotary for which he served not only as the President of the local club but also as District Governor; d) the Elks for which he served not only as Exalted Ruler of Oswego’s Lodge but also as New York State Vice President; e) the Chamber of Commerce for which he served as President; and f) the Oswego Civic Music Association for which he served as its first President.

Mr. O’Connor passed away in 1970.

— Introduction by Lou Iorizzo Oswego City Historian

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