One of the distinguished representatives of the legal profession in Utica is George Crane Morehouse,
who was born in Fairfield, Herkimer county, New York, on the 14th of May, 1846. His parents were James L. and Emeline
(Crane) Morehouse, both of whom were teachers. The mother was a direct descendant of Benjamin Crane of Wethersfield,
Connecticut, who was one of the founders of that colony. The name was originally spelled Crannes, the family having
come from Crannes, France. In 1272 they migrated to England, locating in Suffolk county, where many of them attained
distinction and were knighted by the crown. The father was also of English extraction.
The boyhood and youth of George Crane Morehouse were spent amid the refining environment of a good home, his early
education being acquired in the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, after the completion of which he attended
the State Normal at Oswego, New York. Later he matriculated at Cornell University, from which institution he was
graduated. Having decided to adopt the legal profession for his vocation, he entered the law department of Hamilton
College, being awarded the degree of LL. B. with the class of 1875. He was admitted to the bar in Utica the same
year, and immediately after established an office here and has ever since been actively engaged in practice. His
preparation for his profession was most excellent and this in connection with his scholarly instincts, fine intellect
and well trained mind has enabled him to acquire a vast amount of legal knowledge. He has oftentimes evidenced
rare skill in elucidating abstruse legal problems, as he possesses the faculty of discovering minor technicalities,
the finer points-upon which the decision of a case oftentimes depends His cases are prepared and handled in a masterly
and dignified manner, his command of English and fine logic being of inestimable value to him there. His personality,
ability as an orator and keen mentality make him a foe to be dreaded in the courtroom, although his manner is never
in the least objectionable. He has gained considerable distinction in municipal and corporation law, in the study
of which he has been most painstaking, having very few equals in this field of practice.
Judge Morehouse has been twice married, his first wife having been Miss Eugenia M. Miller, to whom he was united
on the 25th of December, 1877. Their union was of short duration as she passed away on the 19th of November, 1879.
On the 2d of July, 1888, was solemnized the marriage of Judge Morehouse and Miss Mary Breen, of Trenton, New York,
as was also his former wife. The order of birth of his five children is as follows: Florence, who died on the 7th
of December, 1881; Lawrence, Merwin, Russell and George Crane, Jr.
Fraternally Judge Morehouse is affiliated with the Masonic order in which he has attained high rank. In political
matters he is a republican, and has always taken a prominent part in all municipal affairs. He served as supervisor
from 1884 to 1885, and in 1892 he was elected city judge, which office he filled most creditably for over four
years. In 1899 he was made corporation counsel, continuing to serve in that capacity until 1902, displaying marked
ability ha his methods of procedure. Besides his reputation as an attorney Judge Morehouse has gained considerable
renown through a manual which he issued for supervisors and assessors, now in its tenth edition. Since the expiration
of his period of service as corporation counsel, in 1902, Judge Morehouse has concentrated his entire attention
upon his general practice in which he has met with gratifying success. He is one of the public spirited citizens
of Utica, whose support and cooperation are always accorded to every movement the adoption of which will be for
the betterment of local conditions.
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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