Biography of Emory P. Close


Close, Emory P., Buffalo, United States attorney for the northern district of New York, was born in Buffalo on December 13, 1859, and received his education in the public schools. He was assistant librarian of the Buffalo Library from 1874 to 1877, and in this capacity acquired a varied knowledge of general literature. He applied himself especially to the study of stenography, which he mastered, and at the age of seventeen resigned his position and entered the office of Slocum & Thornton, official stenographers of the Supreme Court for the 8th judicial district. In 1880 he opened an office of his own and soon afterward became a member of the firm of Thornton, Briggs & Close. In 1884 he was elected official stenographer for the Assembly, and was re-elected in 1885, 1886 and 1887 without opposition. From 1880 to 1888 he was also a Supreme Court stenographer for the 8th district. Meantime he had taken up the study of law, and in 1886 was admitted to the bar. In 1888 he began the active practice of his profession, first as a member of the firm of Close & Fleischmann and later as a partner of William L. Marcy under the style of Marcy & Close. In July, 1897, Mr. Close was appointed United States attorney for the northern district of New York by President McKinley. He is one of the ablest members of the Buffalo bar, and as both lawyer and citizen is widely respected and esteemed. He is an active Republican, has achieved honor as a campaign orator, and is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge, F. & A. M., and of the Acacia, Liberal and Buffalo Clubs He was also president of the Buffalo Republican League for the year 1896. January 7, 1885, he married Etta S. Cobb, daughter of Lorenzo D. Cobb, of Buffalo, and they have two children, a daughter, Shirley Belle Close, and a son, Lorenzo Cobb Close.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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