Biography of Newton P. Fassett
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Fassett, Newton P., attorney and counselor at law, was born in Bradford County, Pa., November 26, 1822, and was educated in the Pennsylvania public schools and the Elmira and Canandaigua Academies. At the age of about twenty five he began the study of law in Elmira with Judge Konkle, and followed it later with Judge Brooks and at the law school in Otsego County, He was admitted to the bar in 1849 at Norwich, N. Y., and entered at once into practice in Elmira. In 1850 he became associateci with Archibald Robertson. In 1861 H. Boardman Smith came into the firm and Smith, Robertson & Fassett at once took and for many years held the front rank of law firms in the southern tier. Mr. Robertson died in 1880 and Mr. Smith was soon afterward placed on the Supreme Bench. Mr. Fassett's manifold business and other interests and public duties so fully occupy his time that he cannot now give, much attention to his profession. He is secretary and treasurer of the Elmira Female College. president of the Board of Trustees of the Elmira Advertiser, secretary and treasurer of the Old and New Mexico Ranch and Cattle Company, and secretary of the Elmira Silver Mining Company, of Idaho Mr. Fassett has also served as a member of the Board of Supervisors and of the Board of Education. It will be inferred from this that Mr. Fassett is in a large sense a business man. He takes little or no interest in politics except in the interest of others; he has never held nor sought to hold any political office. It can never be said that his son, the Hon. J. Sloat Fassett, inherited the political acumen that has made him a notable character in this State. Mrs. Fassett was a Miss Sloat, of Rockland County. Of their three sons J. Sloat is the well known State senator; Henry L. is a wholesale grocer; and Truman E. is a contractor and manufacturer.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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