Biography of Samuel D. Matthews
Franklin County, NY Biographies

Samuel David Matthews, attorney, who has been engaged in successful practice of law at Saranac Lake for 15 years and prior to that in New York City, is a prominent citizen of the North Country. He was born in Latvia, in the Balkans, Jan. 12, 1884, the son of Joshua and Sarah Matthews.

Joshua Matthews emigrated to the United States with his family in 1890 and settled in Boston, where he engaged in business for a number of years. He now is retired, still living in Boston.

Samuel D. Matthews obtained his early education in the Boston public schools, being graduated from the English High School of Boston in 1902. He then studied law at Boston University, from which he was graduated in 1906, with the degree of LL. B.

Mr. Matthews began his professional work in New York City, where he was associated for a short time with Malcolm Sumner, then of 32 Nassua Street. Later he engaged in private practice, with his first offices at 34 Pine Street, New York City.

In 1915 Mr. Matthews came to Saranac Lake on account of his ill health, but continued to practice law here. He had been admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York State and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In politics Mr. Matthews is active in the Democratic party. In 1928 he was candidate for the office of member of Assembly and in 1931 he was a candidate for the office of district attorney in Franklin County, and while he was defeated for these offices they were by very narrow margins, reducing a tremendous Republican majority to a matter of a few hundred in each case. Mr. Matthews is extremely popular in a community which is largely Republican.

On March 2, 1909, Mr. Matthews married Miss Flora Wasserman, the daughter of Benoit Wasserman, of New York City. They have two sons: 1. Norman B., born July 27, 1910, a senior at Cornell University. 2. Emil Allen, born Oct. 28, 1913, a freshman at Cornell University.

Mr. Matthews and his family are prominent members of Temple Emanuel at Saranac Lake, and he is affiliated with Adelphi Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 23, New York City; Wannetta Chapter, R. A. M. No. 291; Tyrian Council, Plattsburg; and is honorary life member and Past Exalted Ruler of Saranac Lake Lodge No. 1508 B. P. O. Elks. He has also served as vice president and as trustee of the New York State Elks Association. He also belongs to Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club, Saranac Lake Boat and Waterways Club, and other local civic organizations. He is a member of the Franklin County, New York State and American Bar Associations.

Mr. Matthews has made numerous important investments in real estate in the region of Saranac Lake, and is now the owner of 150 acres of well improved land near Lower Saranac Lake. In 1920 he purchased the former Ampersand Hotel property and disposed of that investment in 1929.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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