DAVID EDWARD POWERS.
David Edward Powers, who for over thirty years has been engaged in the practice of law, is one of Oneida county's
native sons, his birth having occurred in Annsville, on the 25th of November, 1856 His parents, James and Catherine
Powers, were well known in the vicinity of Azinsville, where for many years the father was engaged in agricultural
Reared on the old homestead, the boyhood and youth of David Edward Powers were very similar to those of other farmer
lads of the same period and in like circumstances. In the acquirement of his preliminary education he attended
the common schools and was tutored by John FitzGerald, the father of P. H. FitzGerald, an educator of note. Having
selected the legal profession for his vocation, he entered the office of Walter Ballou, of Boonville, New York,
where he read law until 1880, at which time he was admitted to the bar. In 1890 Mr. Powers removed to Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, where he established an office and engaged in the practice of his profession for eight years. During
that time he twice served as city attorney and acted as counsel in the celebrated case of United States vs. Plenty
Horses, which resulted in an acquittal by direction of the court. Plenty Horses was the Carlisle Indian who shot
Lieutenant Casey during the Sioux uprising of 1891. Mr. Powers came to Utica in 1905 and, although he has been
in this city only six years, the period has been sufficiently long for him to become recognized as a capable representative
of his profession and he has been appointed local attorney of the agricultural department of the state of New York.
On the 11th of January, 1891, Mr. Powers was united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Searle, a daughter of James and
Maria Searle, the wedding being celebrated at the home of the bride in Rome, New York. To Mr. and Mrs. Powers have
been born four sons, all of whom are living.
Mr. Powers' fraternal relations are confined to his membership in the Knights of Pythias. Possessing a well endowed
mind and fine intellectual attainments, he has become recognized as a lawyer of ability and is today at the head
of a large and growing practice in Utica.
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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