Biography of Henry G. Kilburn
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Henry G. Kilburn, born in Poultney, Vt., August 21, 1824, became a bloomer in iron works in Essex county, but, having ambition for a higher and broader life, studied law, and after admission to the bar located in 1859 at Fort Covington. The place offered few opportunities, and the struggle for a few years was trying and strenuous. In 1870 Mr. Kilburn came to Malone, where his sturdy common sense, clear perception of the essentials in a case, and his vigorous prosecution of suits soon brought him clients in considerable numbers and gained him a good standing at the bar. It was enjoyable to listen to his quaint expressions and unique and striking illustrations in argument before a jury, which usually won the good nature and sympathy of the men with whom the interests of his clients rested, while at the same time he drove home his points of law and equity in a homely but effectual way. In 1883 he was elected district attorney, and was twice re elected. Politically he was a radical of the radicals, an ardent anti slavery man before the civil war, and afterward a Republican without wavering or shadow of turning, incapable even of comprehending how any one could take any course except to support unquestioningly the regularly made nominations of his party. During his final years he was a sufferer from an exerutiatingly painful ailment, and was compelled by it to retire from active practice. He died January 20, 1899.

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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