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Burns, Thomas, was born in Watertown, N. Y., November 16, 1870, and has always resided there. He is a son of John Burns, a mason and builder of this city and president of the Trades Assembly. Thomas was educated in the public schools and graduated from the Watertown High School in 1888. Soon afterward he entered the office of Judge O'Brien and James A. Ward, where he remained until January, 1889, when Judge O'Brien took his seat on the Court of Appeals bench, and he entered the office of Mullin & Griffin, where he remained until 1891, when he entered Cornell University, remaining there two years, completing a full course in the law school, together with a course in rhetoric, history and economics. While attending Cornell, and in the fall of 1892, he was admitted to the bar. He spent his vacations in the office of Muilin & Griffin and upon completing his studies at Cornell returned to Mullin & Griffin as their managing clerk. In the mean time George H. Walker, deputy county clerk, a former student in the office of Mullin & Griffin, entered into partnership with them. Mr. Burns continued in the employ of Mullin, Griffin & Walker until its dissolution by the death of Mr. Griffin in April, 1897 whose assistant he had been for several years in the preparation of trial and appeal of cases. After the death of the late Senator Joseph Mullin, of the law firm of Mullin, Purcell & Walker, Mr. Burns was admitted to the firm of Purcell, Walker & Burns. This firm represents many large corporate interests, being attorneys for the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. Co., arid for the receivers of the Murray Hill Bank of New York city. They also are the attorneys for the State in the actions brought to recover over a million dollars in penalties from Armour & Co., for violations of the oleomargarine laws of the State.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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