James Edward Brewer, who is actively engaged in the practice of law at Utica and is well known throughout
Oneida County, was born at Verona October 7, 1864. He is a son of E. Everett and Amelia (Eigabroadt) Brewer, the
mother being a daughter of Peter G. Eigabroadt, who was born at Palatine Bridge, Montgomery county, New York, April
28, 1792. He married Lena Garlock and they arrived in Oneida county in 1840. The daughter Amelia was the youngest
of thirteen children. E. Everett Brewer, the father of our subject, was born on the homestead at Verona in 1840
and was a farmer and a dealer in hay. He was the father of two sons, James Edward and Charles E. Morris P. Brewer,
the grandfather, was born on the same farm July 13, 1812. He married Caroline E. Sage and they had five children.
Artemus Brewer, the great grandfather on the paternal side, was a native of Connecticut. He married Electa Hall
and they were among the early settlers of Oneida county, their family consisting of six children. He lived to be
eighty seven years of age and died in 1863, his wife having been called away five years previously. The family
for generations past has been principally engaged in farming.
James E. Brewer grew to manhood on his father's farm and secured his early education in the Vernon union school,
later becoming a student of Cazenovia Seminary. He studied law in the office of S. S. Judson of Vernon and was
admitted to the bar in April, 1889, beginning practice at Oneida, New York. Through faithful attention to his duties
and an energy and perseverance which overcame many obstacles, he gained a reputation as one of the thoroughly capable
lawyers of Madison county. He removed to Utica in 1911 and enjoys a large and lucrative practice.
On the 22d of May, 1889, Mr. Brewer was married to Miss Clarissa Swift, a daughter of Orlando and Helen (Tailmadge)
Swift, of Litchfield County, Connecticut. Three children came to brighten their home, Helen Swift, Grace Tallmadge
and Orlando. Mr. Brewer has taken an active interest in public affairs and at Oneida filled a number of offices
including those of village clerk, member of the board of trustees and police justice. In 1901, when Oneida was
made a city, he served as city judge. Always prompt and efficient in the discharge of responsibilities, he gained
the confidence of the entire community, and today his clients are to be found among the leading citizens and business
firms of the county. Naturally endowed with an attractive appearance and address, he possesses an intimate knowledge
of the principles of law and carries forward his work with a zeal which is of great importance in the attainment
of success in any calling. His offices are at Nos. 17 and 18, Mann building.
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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