Biography of William Lake Marcy


Marcy, William Lake, of the law firm of Moot, Sprague, Brownell & Marcy of Buffalo, was born in Peterboro, Madison county, N. Y., August 26, 1858, and when an infant was taken by his parents to Lockport, N. Y., where he lived until he was twelve years of age. receiving a preliminary education in the public schools. He then came to Buffalo, was graduated from the High School in 1876, entered upon the study of the law, and was admitted to the bar in 1879. For four years he practiced his profession alone; in 1883 he formed a copartnership with Joseph V. Seaver, which continued under the style of Seaver & Marcy until 1886, when he became a partner of Manly C. Green. In 1891 Mr. Green was elevated to the Supreme Court bench and Mr. Marcy associated himself with Emory P. Close; this firm was dissolved in June, 1897, and since then Mr. Marcy has been connected with the firm of Moot, Sprague, Brownell & Marcy, one of the oldest and most prominent law firms in Buffalo. Mr. Marcy was assistant district attorney of Erie county from 1887 to 1893, being appointed by District Attorney George T. Quinby, and has served as a civil service commissioner under appointment of Mayor Becker. In politics he is an ardent and active Republican, and was vice-president of the Buffalo Republican League. He is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 441, Niagara Lodge No. 25, I. O. O. F., the Buffalo, Liberal and other clubs, the Idlewood Association, the Buffalo Historical Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is also a trustee of the Buffalo School of Pedagogy, and formerly held a similar position in the Buffalo Library. October 7, 1885, he married Carrie Childs, daughter of Justice Henry A. Childs of Medina, N.Y.

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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