Biography of Theodore L. Cross
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Theodore La Mont Cross has inscribed his name high on the keystone of the legal arch of the Empire state, practicing in Utica, where he has successfully followed his profession since his admission to the bar, He was born February 9, 1858, in Boonville, New York, his parents being John Cleaveland and Pernielia (Goodrich) Cross. He is descended from New England ancestry, including the Cleaveland, Jackman, Choate, Adams and Burbank families of Massachusetts. In the acquirement of an education he supplemented his public school studies by a course in the Clinton Liberal Institute, from which he was graduated with the highest honors of his class in 1876. He prepared for the bar as a student in the law department of Hamilton College and was graduated in 1881, on which occasion he had the honor of delivering the legal oration. He also studied law under the direction of the Hon. Charles D. Adams, whose preceptorship and friendship meant much to the young man. He became acquainted with the high professional ideals held by Mr. Adams and the same standard of professional service has been his since his admission to the bar in 1883. In the intervening period, covering more than twenty eight years, he has resided in Utica, following his profession in a manner that has insured him equal rank with the distinguished practitioners before the state and federal courts. Earnest effort, close application and the exercise of his native talents have gained him prestige as a lawyer and few have made a more enduring impression upon the bar of the state both for legal ability of a high order and for the individuality of a personal character which impresses itself upon a community. Of a family conspicuous for strong intellects, indomitable courage and energy, he entered upon his career and such has been the force of his character and natural qualifications that he has overcome all obstacles and gained a place in the ranks of those whose records are a credit and honor to the judicial history of New York.

On the 26th of August, 1885, Mr. Cross was married to Miss Fannie E. Lewis, of Utica, and they now have two children. John Theodore and Gorham La Mont. Mr. Cross has never been a candidate for political office or honors, preferring to devote his attention to his profession, and it is notable in the many cases that he has argued that he has lost but few. No one better knows the necessity for thorough preparation and no one more industriously prepares his cases than Mr. Cross, whose handling of a cause is always full, comprehensive and accurate; his analysis of the facts clear and exhaustive. He gives to each point in the case its due relative prominence and his presentation sets forth the best and strongest reasons which can be urged for his contention, presented in cogent and logical form and illustrated by a style unusually lucid.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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