Biography of Hon. Safford E. North of Batavia, NY

Hon. Safford E. North, judge and surrogate of Genesee County, is a native of Alexander, having been born in that town January 27, 1852. His father, James A., was a resident of Alexander for 70 years, but is now living at Attica. Judge North received his early education in the district schools, later attended the Genesee and Wyoming Seminary at Alexander, and was also one year at Cornell University, entering at the opening exercises of that institution as a member of the first class. At the early age of 17 he began teaching school, and during the winter months was an instructor of the young. In the spring of 1873 he went to Le Roy and entered upon the study of the law in the office of Hon. L. N. Bangs, remaining there less than a year, being compelled by failing eyesight to give up his studies for a period of two years. In March, 1876, he came to Batavia and resumed his law studies with William C. Watson. January 4, 1878, he was admitted to practice at Syracuse, and in May following opened an office in Batavia. He was elected clerk of the village in 1879 and '80, and district atiorney in. 1880-81. He has always been successful in his practice, and having been honored with the nomination for county judge and surrogate, against one of the ablest lawyers in the county, was elected to that office in 1888, and which he now holds. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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