Biography of Robert J. Hubbard
Madison County, NY Biographies





Hubbard, Robert J., son of Thomas H. and Phoebe (Hubbard) Hubbard, was born in Utica, May 31, 1830. His father, Thomas Hill Hubbard, was born in New Haven, Conn., December 6, 1781, a son of Rev. Bela Hubbard, D. D., for many years and until his death, rector of Trinity church of that city. Thomas H. Hubbard graduated at Yale in the class of 1799. After taking his degree he began the study of law with John Woodworth of Troy, then attorney general of the State, and afterwards a judge of the Supreme Court, who was a family connection. After his admission to the bar Mr. Hubbard proceeded to Hamilton to begin life without fortune or any other advantages except strong natural talents, a careful education, correct habits, sterling principles, and high hopes. He rapidly acquired success, taking a position in the front rank of his profession, and gaining a large and profitable practice. As an adviser in questions of difficulty and as a correct and intelligent man of business he had no superior: and as an advocate he was highly persuasive and successful. At an early period he was appointed the prosecuting attorney of a district embracing, not as at present a single county, but several adjoining ones, and in this character it became his duty to conduct several trials for capital offenses. He held the office of surrogate ten years, from 1806 to 1816. In 1817 he was chosen a representative in Congress and after one term had intervened was again chosen, thus serving four years. In 1812 he was chosen a presidential elector and voted for Madison at his election for a second term. In 1894 he removed from Hamilton to Utica and there formed a professional connection with Greene C. Bronson, but shortly afterwards abandoned the practice of law. He was the first clerk in equity under the constitution of 1822, and succeeded Arthur Breese as clerk of the Supreme Court, which position he held until 1837. At this time he designed finally to relinquish public life, but was, however, afterwards twice chosen presidential elector. He was the first president of the New York State Lunatic Asylum, at Utica. While a resident of Madison county and as early as 1818 he was chosen a director of the Bank of Utica, and on the organization of the Utica Savings Bank was made a trustee of that institution, holding both positions until his death. For several years he was a trustee of Hamilton College. In all the positions Mr. Hubbard filled, his duties were performed with marked fidelity and honor. A predominant trait in his character was the habitual kindness and courtesy of his manners and his circle of friends was a wide one. His death occurred at Utica, May 22, 1857. He married Phoebe Hubbard and of their union were eleven children, of whom only one survives, Robert J. Hubbard. The latter was for many years engaged in business in New York city and for the past twenty five years has been a resident of Cazenovia. He has served as president of the village one year (1879), and in various ways has shown an interest in public affairs. For many years he has been a member and vestryman of St. Peter's Episcopal church. He married in 1863, Anna F. Burr, daughter of William M. Burr of Cazenovia. Of this union is one son, Robert F. Hubbard of Cazenovia.

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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