Biography of George W. Cothran


Cothran, George W., Buffalo, was born at Royalton, Niagara county, N. Y., February 25, 1834. He obtained his early education at his old home and in 1854 began the study of law in the office of Phineas L. Ely, where he remained until he was admitted to the bar in 1857. He immediately began the practice of his profession at Lockport, N. Y., where he remained for almost four years, when the call to arms was heard, and the beginning of the Civil war closed the door of his office behind him. He organized Battery M, 1st N. Y. Light Artillery (called Cothran's Battery during the war), and served for about two years, when be was taken sick and was compelled to return home, the battery serving, however, during the entire war. In 1877 he was appointed county judge of Erie county, serving for one year, and declined the nomination for a second term, In July, 1879, he removed to Chicago, where he engaged in the practice of his profession for eight years; he then returned to Buffalo and resumed his practice, where he has since remained. In 1875 he edited and published the sixth edition of the Revised Statutes of the State of New York, in three large volumes, the index to which was as near perfect as an index could be made. In 1877 Baker University of Kansas conferred upon him the degree of LL. D. In 1880 he edited and published an edition of the Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois, which has been revised bi-annually since, and is a standard book in use by the profession of Illinois. In 1888 he wrote a volume of over thousand pages on the Law of Supervisors, which was published by Messrs. Banks & Bros., Albany, and is still a standard book in use. In 1889 he wrote and the same house published a volume of 559 pages of the Law of Assessors and Collectors, which still remains a standard authority.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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