Biography of William Ballard Hoyt
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Hoyt, William Ballard, Buffalo, son of Dr. Horace and Josephine (Ballard) Hoyt, was born in East Aurora, N. Y., April 20, 1858, and received his preparatory education at the Aurora Academy and Buffalo High School. He was graduated from Cornell University in 1881. During his college course he was managing editor of the monthly magazine, one of the editors of the college weekly, the founder of the Cornell Daily Sun, and one of the prize orators of his class. In June, 1895, he was elected a trustee of the university for a term of five years. On leaving college Mr. Hoyt entered the law office of Humphrey & Lockwood, one of the oldest and most prominent law firms of Buffalo, and was admitted to the bar in March, 1883. Shortly after he became a member of the firm under the name of Humphrey, Lockwood & Hoyt. which was changed to the present style of Humphrey, Lockwood, Hoyt, Greene & Yeomans in the spring of 1896 by the admission of William C. Greene and George D. Yeomans. Although a young man Mr. Hoyt has achieved success at the bar as an able and conscientious lawyer. He is especially distinguished for his consummate ability on cross-examinations, his clear and logical reasoning, and his discriminating sense of justice. He is a powerful advocate before a jury. Probably no attorney in Buffalo has been more active or won a higher degree of eminence during a practice of fifteen years than has Mr. Hoyt. His firm has a large corporate business, and he has had charge of the trial of their causes practically from the time he became a member. In 1886 he was appointed assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of New York and served until 1889, and in this capacity was connected with many important cases, notably that of United States vs. Lester B. Faulkner, one of the most celebrated bank wrecking cases ever tried. In 1894 he was appointed by Attorney-General Olney as counsel to the United States Interstate Commerce Commission for the States of New York and Ohio, his official title being assistant attorney-general. He is a prominent Democrat, is actively connected with various social organizations of Buffalo, has been for several years president of the Cornell Alumni Association of Western New York, and was for three years curator of the Buffalo Library. Under the new city char. ter of 1892 he was appointed by Mayor Bishop a member of the Board of School Examiners, and was reappointed and resigned. December 20, 1887, he married Esther Lapham Hill, daughter of Dr. John D. Hill of Buffalo.

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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