Biography of Charles F. Tabor


Tabor, Charles F., Buffalo, son of Silas and Betsey E. (Russell) Tabor, was born in St. Joseph county, Mich., June 28, 1841, and when two years old came with his parents to the town of Newstead, Erie county, N. Y., where he received his early public school education. He also attended the academies at Clarence and Williamsville and Lima Seminary, and in 1861 came to Buffalo as a student at law in the office of Humphrey & Parsons, with whom he remained until his admission to the bar in 1863. He then entered upon a successful professional career. In 1868 he formed a copartnership with Judge Thomas Corlett, which continued for six years, when Judge Corlett retired and Mr. Tabor formed a partnership with William F. Sheehan. In 1888 John Cunneen and E. C. Coatsworth were admitted to the firm under the style of Tabor, Sheehan, Cunneen & Coatsworth. This firm continued until January 1, 1895, when Mr. Tabor retired and became the senior member of the present well-known law firm of Tabor & Wilkie. Mr. Tabor has long been a leading Democrat. and in 1887 was elected attorney-general of the State of New York, which office he held two terms, being re-elected in 1889. He carried to success the noted Sugar Trust cases, the charter of the Sugar Trust of New York being vacated, through his action, on the ground that it was a monopoly. As attorney-general he also had charge of the litigation which involved the constitutionality of the electrocution law and succeded in obtaining a decision from the U. S. Supreme Court to the effect that the law was constitutional and valid; he also obtained from that court an affirmation of a decision of the New York Court of Appeals, in the case of the Home Insurance Company, that corporations were liable to taxation on their capital stock, although that stock consisted of government bonds, otherwise exempt. In 1881 and 1882 Mr. Tabor was supervisor of the town of Lancaster, where he resided from 1867 to 1883 when he removed to Buffalo. He was an excise commissioner of Erie county for three years, was the Democratic candidate for county judge in 1883, and for two years has been a trustee of the Buffalo Law Library. December 24, 1863, he married Phebe S., daughter of William A. Andrews, of Pembroke, Genesee county, and they have one daughter, Georgia E.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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