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Lansing, Robert. The hackneyed phrase, a leading citizen, may with perfect propriety be applied to Robert Lansing, for he is an acknowledged leader of the bar, a safe adviser not only in legal and business questions, but in matters of public spirit and the general weal and political policy of public affairs generally. He was born in Watertown, in October, 1864. After attending the public schools of the city he entered Amherst College in 1883, from which venerable seat of learning he was graduated with honors in 1886, receiving the degree of A. B. He then began the study of law in the office of his father and was admitted to the bar at Utica in 1889. He at this time formed a copartnership with his father, the firm name being Lansing & Lansing. Mr. Lansing has always taken and active part in politics, although he has never been willing to accept office. He has always been an earnest Democrat and has faithfully followed out the traditions of his party. He has long been a valued counselor in party affairs. He was one of the associate counsel for the United States before the Bering Sea arbitration at Paris in 1892, and one of the government counsel before the Bering Sea Claim Commission at Victoria, B. C., in 1806, and at Halifax in 1897. He has been counsel for the Mexican legation in Washington and also the Chinese legation. He was married in january, 1890, to Eleanor, daughter of ex-Secretary of State John W. Foster, of Washington, D. C. Wise in counsel, decisive in action and generous in judgment, Mr. Lansing is a citizen whose public spirit, attainments and life, reflect honor upon the community of which he is a member.

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