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McConnell, Joseph A., son of James A. and Jane (Thompson) McConnell, was born in Watertown January 14, 1856. He was educated in the Watertown High School and in Hamilton College, graduating from the later in the class of 1878. He commenced the study of law with Charles A. Sherman, continued with Sherman & Purcell, and was admitted to practice in 1881. He soon after commenced practice in his native city, and from 1887 till November, 1889, was associated with F. H. Peck in the practice of law. In 1885 Mr. McConnell was elected recorder for a term of four years and was re-elected to that office in 1889. In 1892 he refused a renomination for the office. In 1867 the charter of the city was changed. The office of recorder and the offices of the justices of the peace were abolished, and a City Court, having civil and criminal jurisdiction, was established. Mr. McConnell accepted unanimous nomination of the Democratic party, of which he has always been a member, for the office of city judge and was elected by a large majority.

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