Biography of Sidney T. Fairchild
Madison County, NY Biographies





Fairchild, Sidney T., who died in Cazenovia, February 16, 1889, in the eighty first year of his age, was for many years a leading member of the New York bar. He was born in Norwich, Chenango county, N. Y., November 15, 1808, a son of John F. and Flavia (Merrill) Fairchild. He was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and at Hamilton and Union Colleges, graduating from the latter in 1829. He began his legal work with Childs & Stebbins of Cazenovia, and later studied under Joshua A. Spencer at Utica, where he was admitted to the bar in 1831, and began practice in association with E. P. Hurlbut. In 1835 he returned to Cazenovia and formed a law partnership with Charles Stebbins. Both gained a reputation as corporation lawyers and in 1858 Mr. Fairchild became general attorney of the New York Central railroad company, having his office at Albany. He was also a director, secretary and treasurer of the Third Great Western Turnpike Company. During the last twenty five years of its existence he was a director of the Madison County Bank, trustee for many years of the Union Trust Company of New York, and president for a time of the Cazenovia and Canastota railroad company. Mr. Fairchild's politics were Democratic, and he was a valued worker in the party, the friend and adviser of Cleveland, Cassidy, Hoffman, Richmond, Seymour, and Tilden. Notwithstanding all of this he never sought political preferment and never held a public office except that of clerk and president of his village. In this brief notice we could not give adequate mention of his personal character. He was a man of modest and unassuming tastes and without a spark of personal vanity. It is enough to say that he is remembered in Cazenovia as a man of absolute integrity and justice. Mr. Fairchild married, in 1834, Helen Childs, second daughter of Hon. Perry G. Childs. Three children were born to them: Katharine, who married John Stebbins of Cazenovia; Charles S., late secretary of the United States treasury; and Sophia, who married Rev. T. G. Jackson.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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