Michael H. Powers, who has been numbered among the legal practitioners of Oneida county for the past thirty
seven years. has maintained his offices at Rome since 1884 and has enjoyed an extensive and profitable clientage.
His birth occurred in North Annsville, this county, on the 10th of June, 1851, his parents being James and Catherine
Powers. In the acquirement of an education he attended the district schools of his native town and also spent a
short time as a student in the Clinton Liberal Institute. Having determined upon a legal career, he began the study
of that profession under the preceptorship of H. O. Southworth and later read with Barnett & Sayles. Subsequently
he entered the Hamilton College Law School, completing his studies in that institution in 1874. Locating for practice
at West Branch, Oneida county, he there remained for two years and then opened an office at Florence, where he
continued for eight years. In 1884 he came to Rome and has here remained continuously since, enjoying a large and
distinctly representative clientage. His success in a professional way affords the best evidence of his capabilities
in this line. He is a strong advocate with the jury and eoncise in his appeals before the court. Much of the success
which has attended him in his professional career is undoubtedly due to the fact that in no instance will he permit
himself to go into court with a case unless he has absolute confidence in the justice of his client's cause. Basing
his efforts on this principle, from which there are far too many lapses in professional ranks. it naturally follows
that he seldom loses a case in whose support he is enlisted.
On the 14th of January, 1877, Mr. Powers was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Costin. by whom he has two children:
William J., who is associated with his father in the practice of law; and Kathleen.
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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