Biography of Lotus N. Southworth
Oneida County, NY Biographies





The profession of law found a worthy representative in Lotus N. Southworth, who has practiced in Utica for twenty five years and has clearly made a success of his calling. This he has accomplished through his energy, sound judgment and thorough knowledge of the principles of law.

He was born at West Exeter, Otsego county, New York, February 2, 1856, a son of Normandus H. and Emma Alida (Niles) Southworth. The mother was a native of Exeter, Otsego county, a daughter of Sands and Eunice (Warren) Niles, the family being of New England ancestry. The father of our subject was born at Bridgewater, Oneida county, and became a miller and farmer. He died April 5, 1905, at the age of eighty three years. His grandfather, John Southworth, was a native of Burlington, Vermont. He came to New York very early in the nineteenth century and settled at what is now known as Mapledale, in Bridgewater township, Oneida county, becoming one of the successful farmers of that section. Rev. James Southworth, the great grandfather, organized the first Congregational church at Rome, New York, in 1800, and became pastor of the church at Bridgewater in 1803. The family is descended from Lady Alice Southworth, who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1622 and was married to William Bradford, the first governor of the Massachusetts colony. Her wedding garments are now in the museum at Boston.

Lotus N. Southworth was the second in order of birth in a family of five children. He received his early education at West Winfield Academy and later matriculated at Hamilton College, graduating in 1879 with the degree of A. B. He served as principal of Peterboro Academy for one year and, having decided to devote his attention to the legal profession, entered the law office of Judge Samuel A. Bowen, of Cooperstown, New York, in 1880 and was admitted to the bar in June, 1883. He began practice at West Winfield, but after three years removed to Utica, where he has since continued. He was associated in practice with Hon. John F. Gaffney from 1897 to September, 1902, but he has since practiced alone and has attracted a large and lucrative clientage. For the past ten years he has acted as agent and attorney for the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company of Baltimore, Maryland. He served as civil service commissioner for the city of Utica under Mayor Richard W. Sherman, and also as attorney for the state comptroller in the transfer tax proceedings for Oneida county from January, 1909, to January, 1911.

On the 20th of July, 1886, at Utica, New York, Mr. Sauthworth was married to Miss Julia A. Bouck, who was born at Willowvale, Oneida county. Mr. Southworth is not identified with any religious denomination, but his wife is a member of the Plymouth Congregational church. In politics he gives his adherence to the republican party. He is a member of the Oneida County Bar Association, ands socially is connected with the Masonic order, the Royal Arcanum, the Foresters and the Masonic Club. He is also a member of the Republican Club. He is a genial, kind hearted man, but a good fighter when necessary. In his legal practice he never takes undue advantage of an adversary, but asks only an open field and no favors, fully believing that in the end right will prevail. By many years of study and conscientious application he has won high standing as a lawyer and is known as one of the safest counselors and most effective pleaders at the bar of Oneida county.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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