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Hawkes, Samuel, 1877-1959



  • Existence: 1877 - 1959

Samuel Hawkes was born on April 18, 1877, in Corning. He is the son of Thomas G. Hawkes (1845-1913) and Charlotte Isadore Bissell Hawkes (1853-1913). He was educated in the public schools of Corning and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He was married in 1901 to Sarah Lucas, from Fall River, Massachusetts, but later on, her family lived in Big Flats, NY. Samuel and Sarah had two daughters, Sarah and Kathryn.

The T.G. Hawkes & Co. firm had been started by his father and Samuel entered the firm in 1895. Samuel Hawkes became the second president and treasurer of T.G. Hawkes & Co. He had been trained in the business side of the company. Samuel Hawkes took over the firm after his father's unexpected death in 1913.

T. G. Hawkes & Co. held the tradition of fine hand-fashioned glassware and was said to have become the largest glass plant of its kind. Thomas G. Hawkes wished to place the finest cut glass in the world on the market, and this desire attributed to the company’s success.

In 1903, Samuel Hawkes, Thomas. G. Hawkes and Frederick Carder established the Steuben Glass Works. This operated independently until its purchase by the Corning Glass Works in 1918.

Samuel Hawkes was a member and officer of the former Corning City Club. He was also a member of the Corning Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Christ Episcopal Church. He retired to Florida during the early 1940s and died in 1959.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Samuel Hawkes Family Correspondence

Identifier: MS-0062
Scope and Contents These papers documenting the private life of one of Corning's leading glass families are divided into two series.

(1) Letters and Miscellaneous Materials, 1897-1931

(2) Invitations and Cards, 1914-1926