Biography of Hon. Frank C. Laughlin
Erie County, NY Biographies


Laughlin, Hon. Frank C., Buffalo, justice of the Supreme Court, was born on a farm in the town of Newstead, Erie county, N. Y., July 20, 1859. In 1865 the family removed to Wilson, Niagara county, where he worked on the farm summers and attended the district school winters until 1876, when they moved to Lockport, N. Y. There Mr. Laughlin attended the high school for three years and afterward read law in the office of Hon. John E. Pound till his admission to the bar in 1882. He soon came to Buffalo and entered the office of Sprague, Morey & Sprague, who placed him in charge of such important litigation that he rapidly came into prominence in all the courts in the Eighth Judicial District. In January, 1886, be became assistant city attorney under William F. Worthington, and when the title of that office was changed to corporation counsel he was appointed city attorney, which position he filled with great ability until Mr. Worthington's death in 1891. One of his most important cases in this capacity was the Ellicott street extension litigation, involving more than $200,000. In 1890 he was nominated by the Republicans for corporation counsel, but was defeated by George M. Browne, and resumed the practice of law in partnership with Thomas Penney. In 1893 he was elected corporation counsel, defeating Mr. Browne by 7,924 majority. In 1895 he was nominated and overwhelmingly elected to the office of justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Laughlin is one of the ablest lawyers in Western New York, and as a jurist has exhibited those qualities which distinguish him in the field of jurisprudence. He is a man of broad culture, sound judgment, and unwavering integrity, and as a citizen, advocate and scholar is widely respected and esteemed. June 2, 1896, he married Martha Taylor Bartlett, daughter of Martin Taylor, of Buffalo, and they have one daughter, Martha.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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