Biography of Albert J. Sigman


Sigman, Albert J., Buffalo, a native of Cattaraugus, N. Y., received his early education in the public schools and later pursued a classical course at Chamberlain Institute at Randolph, Cattaraugus county. He taught, in all, ten terms, beginning at the age of seventeen years and after having in charge several public schools he later on became principal of a large public school at Otto, N. Y. During the last three years of his teaching he devoted his leisure time to the study of law and after three years of study under such conditions was admitted to the bar at Buffalo in June, 1877, where he opened an office on January 1, 1878, and where he has since resided. Mr. Sigman is recognized as an able, industrious and conscientious lawyer and a man of the highest integrity. Those who know him best say: "That his word is his bond in all matters and can always be relied upon." In his profession he has met with remarkable success, never entering court before having his ease thoroughly prepared, believing in that old adage, "that a case well prepared is half tried," and the result has been that he has hardly known what defeat is. While his practice has been a general one, in a recent murder trial where a defendant's life was saved through his efforts, that fair and impartial judge, Hon. Truman C. White, one of the justices of the Supreme Court, after the close of the trial saw fit to bestow upon him this tribute: "Mr. Sigman has defended his client with rare skill and care; he was persistent in his search for witnesses and, in fact, did his work most thoroughly, and I do not believe I ever witnessed a similar case where there was less display on the part of the counsel for the prisoner and more real hard work." Besides conducting a large law business he has also been interested for several years in real estate operations of large magnitude, achieving great success. He has traveled extensively in this country and in Europe. gaining valuable information thereby, and he has been long active and prominent in political affairs in primaries and campaign speaking; he has never held office, although his name has frequently been mentioned in that connection. Originally a Democrat and a strong "protectionist," he was a charter member and one of the executive committee of the Cleveland Democracy, but during the first term of Grover Cleveland's administration, when he openly espoused a liberal tariff, he resigned and joined the Buffalo Repub.. lican League and has been an ardent Republican ever since. He has been very much interested in fraternal societies, where he has been frequently honored with the highest offices in the lodge. He is past master of Hiram Lodge No. 105, F. & A. M., a member of Buffalo Chapter No. 71, R. A. M., and a past noble grand of Red Jacket Lodge No. 238, I. O. O. F. In religion Mr. Sigman entertains very liberal views and is a Protestant and is not a member of any church, but usually attends the Presbyterian church.

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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