William S. Doolittle, clerk of the United States court at Utica, was born in this city December 25, 1855,
a son of Hon. Charles H. and Julia T. (Shearman) Doolittle, the latter of whom was a native of Rochester, New York.
He received his early education in the public schools of Utica and spent his entire life in this city, for twenty
eight years past filling the office of clerk of the United States court.
The Doolittle family has been well known for many years in Oneida county, the father of Hon. Charles H. Doolittle
being a son of Dr. Haney Doolittle, of Herkimer. Charles H. Doolittle attended Fairfield Academy and later became
a student at Amherst College, graduating in 1836. He read law in the office of Simeon Ford, of Little Falls, and
also in the office of Denio & Hunt, of Utica, being admitted to the bar in 1839. He began practice in this
city and later was associated with John G. Floyd and after Mr. Floyd's election to congress associated with others,
gaining a position as one of the ablest members of the Oneida county bar. In 1869 he was elected a justice of the
supreme court of New York and continued in that position until his death which occurred at sea, May 21, 1874. He
was an ideal lawyer and judge and in his private life possessed all the qualities which are most esteemed in a
true gentleman. He served as a member of the city council of Utica in 1839, 1844 and 1845 and as mayor of the city
in 1853. He was for many years president of the Oneida County Bank and was a member of the board of managers of
the Utica State Hospital and a vestryman of Grace church. At his death he left a wife, three sons and two daughters,
the children being: Charles A., Mrs. A. C. Coxe, William S., Julius T., and Isabel. Charles A. Doolittle, who was
born in Utica, September 22, 1849, was graduated from Amherst College with the degree of A. B. in 1872 and received
the degree of LL. B. from Hamilton College three years later. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and established
in practice at Utica. He served as mayor of the city in 1883 and 1884, as director of the Oneida County Bank and
in other positions of responsibility and trust.
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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