Biography of John P. Kellas
Franklin County, NY Biographies





John P. Kellas, born at Mooers Forks, N. Y., September 13, 1854, came to Malone to study law in 1877. Following his admission to the bar, he entered upon the practice, and quickly gained an assured standing in the profession. A diligent student, with a keen appreciation of the salient questions in a ease, with a painstaking attention to the niceties and twists of procedure, and with a natural aggressiveness and persistence that contested every point to the uttermost, Mr. Kellas became one of the most formidable trial lawyers at the Franklin county bar. About 1900 he became the attorney locally for William G. Rockefeller, and in time was associated with him in deals in timber lands which yielded a nice return. Mr. Kellas engaged also in a number of other outside enterprises which proved profitable, and evinced in all of them a shrewdness and sagacity of business judgment that have made him well to do. Among these investments are an electric lighting plant at Champlain. and practically the sole ownerthip of a railroad which runs from Wilmington, Vt., to the Hoosac Tunnel, Mass. Though Mr. Kellas continues in the practice of the law, his other interests have become so numerous and important as to occupy more of his attention, and his appearance in court in recent years has been confined largely to important cases.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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