Biography of Sheldon Thompson Viele


Viele, Sheldon Thomson, son of Henry K. and Laetitia P. (Thompson) Viele, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., January 4, 1847, prepared for college at the Walnut Hill School at Geneva, and was graduated from Yale University as A. B. in 1868, and received the degree of A. M. from that institution, in course, in 1871. He read law in Buffalo with E. Carlton Sprague, was admitted to the bar November 17, 1869, and remained in Mr. Sprague's office until May, 1871, since which time he has successfully followed his profession in his native city. His practice has been principally of an office and confidential nature. In February, 1880, he received the $250 prize of the New York State Bar Association for the best essay on the subject, "Is the Common Law a Proper Subject for Codification?" He has published several pamphlets and addresses, was one of the historians of the Visit of the Holland Society to Holland in 1888, and was the first secretary of the first district committee of the Charity Organization Society of Buffalo (the first of the kind in the United States) and has been a trustee since its incorporation. He was a member of the first executive committee of the Civil Service Reform Association of Buffalo, curator of the Buffalo Library in 1886-89, dean of the Saturn Club in 1889, president of the D. K. E. Association of Western New York in 1888 and 1896, a director of the Buffalo Club for six years and president of the Yale Alumni Association of Western New York in 1895-96. He was an organizer of the University Club of Buffalo in December, 1894, and served it as president during the first three years. He is a trustee of St. Margaret's School, a vestryman of St. Paul's church, a member of the Holland Society of New York, and a member of the New York State Bar Associaticn, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Society of the War of 1812, and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He is also a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and for two years was president of the Buffalo Association.

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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