Biography of Sylvester S. Willard
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Sylvester S. Willard, born in Middlebury. Vt., in 1830, came to Malone in 1853 or 1854. studied law, and was admitted to the bar but himself reeognizing his lack of assertiveness and disbelieving his adaptability to the practice of the profession, made little use of his really superior accomplishments until after his return from service in the civil war as a captain in the 98th regiment. He was elected soon afterward justice of the peace, and until his death was practically the only magistrate in the town who was active in such capacity. He soon came to be appreciated as having one of the best minds and as one of the best judges of law in the county. Mr. Willard was also an officer in the internal revenue service, and, was elected school commissioner in 1875. Disdainmg to lift even a hand to gain a second term, he was not reelected, though his service had been excellent. He died October 11, 1890.

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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