The ancestral record of the Hon. Samuel A. Beardsley is interwoven with the judicial history of New York.
His grandfather, Samuel Beardsley, was numbered with the prominent statesmen and jurists of his day. His son, Arthur
M. Beardsley, taking up the practice of law, continued actively before the bar for more than a half of a century
and his course added luster to the splendid record made by Chief Justice Beardsley.
The birth of Samuel A. Beardsley occurred in Utica, December 1, 1856. and after mastering the elementary branches
of learning in the public schools he entered Williston Seminary at East Hampton, Massachusetts. Later he matriculated
in the Hamilton College Law School, from which he was graduated, being admitted to the bar in 1879. Soon afterward
he was admitted to a partnership in the firm of which his father was senior member, and in 1884 a partnership was
formed under the firm style of Beardsley & Beardsley. He was elected special city judge in 1886 and city judge
two years later. He occupied the bench in the latter court for four years but resigned when tendered the appointment
of state railroad commissioner by Governor Flower. He is now a member of the firm of Beardsley, Hemmens & Taylor,
of 54 Wall street, New York.
In 1881, Judge Beardsley was married to Miss Elizabeth Hopper, of Utica, an adopted daughter of Thomas Hopper,
and to them have been born three children. In his fraternal affiliations Mr. Beardsley is a Mason. His close a.
d discriminating study of the political situation and issues of the day has led him to give unfaltering allegiance
to the democracy and to take active part in the work of securing the adoption of its principles. Beginning in 1836
he served for three consecutive years as chairman of the democratic county committee, has also been state committeeman
from his congressional district and was secretary of the democratic state committee from 1889 until 1893. He was
a delegate to the Denver national convention of 1904 and 1908, and every democratic convention from 1889 to 1910.
Although he has held but few political offices, the principal one of which was the chairmanship of the state board
of the railroad commission from 1892 to 1896, by appointment of Governor Flower, he has been an active and efficient
politician. His opinions have always carried weight in political councils. For twenty five years he has been regarded
as the leader of the democratic party in Oneida county and he was long a friend and advisor of Senator D. B. Hill.
While in a business way he represents large financial interests, he has also taken an active interest in politics.
He is farseeing and sagacious and tries to succeed in whatever he undertakes.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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