In the course of twenty two years at the bar of Oneida county William E. Seavey has built up a lucrative
patronage and is recognized as a safe counselor and an earnest advocate who spares no effort in establishing the
rights of his clients. He was born in Herkimer county, New York, September 29, 1864, a son of George K. Seavey,
also a native of Herkimer county. The father was of English descent. He engaged in dentistry and moved with his
family to Oneida county about 1870, later on locating at Boonville where he practiced with deserved success. His
death occurred in 1906. The mother of our subject, Clara Cookinham before her marriage, was born in Oneida county
and died in 1888. There were two children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Seavey: William E.; and Webster, who now
resides at Boonville.
After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools Mr. Seavey of this review attended Boonville Academy
and Whitestown Seminary. He prepared for college in the seminary but was unable to carry his literary education
further on account of illness. In 1885, being attracted to the study of law, he entered the office of Cookinham
& Sherman and after pursuing the regular course was admitted to the bar in 1889, since which time he has practiced
in Utica. He is well grounded in law and also possesses good business judgment which has assisted him in his profession.
Mr. Seavey still enjoys the freedom of bachelorhood. He has from the beginning of his professional life given his
best energies to his work. He has confined his attention to civil practice. He is a member of the Oneida County
Bar Association and in religious faith gives his allegiance to the Presbyterian church. An advocate of the principles
of republicanism, he is not an uncompromising follower of any political party and often votes independently. He
has never been dominated by the desire for the accumulation of wealth or fame as he much prefers the work which
naturally comes to him in his profession. Through life he has been a student, observer and investigator and it
may be said greatly to his credit that he has been controlled by a desire to perform his duty and to make the world
better for having lived in it.
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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