Biography of George Wadsworth


Wadsworth, George, Buffalo, is descended from some of the oldest and most prominent families of New England. His paternal ancestor, William Wadsworth, came from England in the ship Lion, landing at Boston September 18, 1632, and removed with Parson Hooker's company to Hartford. Conn., in 1636. William's eldest son, John, from whom Mr. Wadsworth is descended, was the half-brother of Joseph Wadsworth of Charter Oak fame, and was himself a member of the party who abstracted the charter. One of Mr. Wadsworth's great-grandfathers, Joseph P. Cooke, was a colonel and another, Elijah Hoyt, was a captain in the Revolutionary war. On his mother's side he is descended from Thomas Cooke, an early settler of Fairfield county, Conn., and also from Simon Hoyt, who came to Salem, Mass., in 1628. George Wadsworth is a son of James C. and Sally (Cooke) Wadsworth and was born March 10, 1830, in Litchfield, Conn., where he received a common school and academical education, which was supplemented by attendance at the Danbury (Conn.) Academy. He read law in LitchfIeld, which for the early part of this century was noted for its excellent law school; he also taught school, and in 1851 was admitted. to the Connecticut bar. In the same year he went to New York city and was admitted to practice in this State, and in 1852 he removed to Buffalo, where he has since resided. Mr. Wadsworth's career at the Buffalo bar covers a period of fortyfive years. He is an able, painstaking and conscientious lawyer and a man of the highest character and integrity. He has made the practice of real property law and the settlement of estates somewhat of a specialty, and has been associated in partnership with such eminent men as Benjamin H. Williams, Loran L. Lewis, Truman C. White and Nelson K. Hopkins. He served as city attorney in 1860 and 1861, was twice nominated for the office of judge of the Superior Court of Buffalo, and was a member of the committee appointed to revise the city charter in 1891. He is a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Buffalo Republican League and the Buffalo, Ellicott and other clubs, and past master of Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 441, F. & A. M. In June, 1858, he married Emily O. Marshall of Utica, N. Y., and they have two children: Henry Cowles Wadsworth and Elizabeth W., wife of Robert H. Williams, both of Buffalo.

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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