WILLIAM ELLIS SCRIPTURE.
William Ellis Scripture, who for more than four decades has been a prominent representative of the legal fraternity
in Rome, and for fourteen years served as justice of the supreme court for the fifth judicial district is the subject
of this sketch. His birth occurred in Westmoreland, Oneida county, New York, on the 2d of November, 1843, his parents
being Parker A. and Harriet Standish (Snow) Scripture, the latter a descendant of Captain Miles Standish. He was
graduated from Whitestown Seminary in 1865 and subsequently attended Hamilton College. In preparation for a professional
career he entered the Albany Law School, being graduated therefrom and admitted to the bar in 1867. He began the
practice of law as a member of the firm of Hutchens & Scripture in 1868 but in the fall of the same year became
the junior partner of the firm of Weld & Scripture, of Rome. He next formed a partnership with Homer T. Fowler,
under the firm name of Scripture & Fowler, and was afterward associated in practice with George H. Weaver,
E. M. Pavey and O. P. Backus. In 1896 he was chosen justice of the supreme court for the fifth judicial district
and has won distinction in this connection. As a lawyer he soon proved himself sound, clear minded and well trained.
With the long line of decisions from Marshall down, by which the constitution has been expounded, he is familiar,
as are all thoroughly skilled lawyers. He is at home in all departments of the law, from the minutiae in practice
to the greater topics wherein is involved the consideration of the ethics and the philosophy of jurisprudence and
the higher concerns of public policy. The decisions he has made since his elevation to the bench indicate strong
mentality, careful analysis, a thorough knowledge of the law and an unbiased judgment. The judge on the bench fails
more frequently, perhaps, from a deficiency in that broad mindedness which not only comprehends the details of
a situation quickly and that insures a complete self control under even the most exasperating conditions than from
any other cause; and the judge who makes a success in the discharge of his multitudinous delicate duties is a man
of well rounded character, finely balanced mind and of splendid intellectual attainments. That Judge Scripture
is regarded as such a jurist is a uniformly accepted fact.
On the 15th of August, 1867, Judge Scripture was united in marriage to Miss Emma C. Goodwin, a daughter of Israel
F. Goodwin of Westmoreland, New York. Their living children are as follows: Mary Standish, the wife of J. V. Holtby,
of Philadelphia; Mina E.; Ella G.; Parker F.; William E., Jr.; and Vilna. The family residence is at No. 503 James
Judge Scripture is a republican in politics and for nearly four years served as postmaster at Rome under President
Harrison. He is a valued member of the Rome Club and also belongs to the Republican Clubs of both Rome and Utica.
He has been an able, faithful and conscientious minister in the temple of justice and in his private life is endeared
to all who know him by the simple nobility of his character.
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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