Biography of William Townsend
Oneida County, NY Biographies





William Townsend, who is one of the able representatives of the legal profession in Utica, was born in Walton, Delaware county, New York. After the completion of his preliminary education he entered Yale University, from which he was graduated with the class pf 1871. Coming to Utica he entered the office of Judge Mason, where he read law for a time, continuing his study in the offices of W. and John D. Kernan. being admitted to the bar in 1876.

In the early years of his practice Mr. Townsend was appointed assistant district attorney of Oneida county under M. D. Barnett, serving in this capacity for three years. At the expiration of his term of office he formed a partnership with Judge William P. Quinn, their practice being conducted under the firm name of Townsend & Quinn. Later Dexter E. Pomeroy became associated with them, the firm thereafter being known as Pomeroy, Townsend & Quinn until 1881, when Judge Quinn withdrew, removing to New York city. In the fall of 1880 Mr. Townsend ran for district attorney, his plurality exceeding that of his ticket by about seven hundred votes. Two years later he was elected to the state assembly on a three cornered fight, his plurality this time being eight hundred. He served as chairman of the committee on general law, also a member of the insurance committee. When he retired from the legislature he practiced alone until January, 1897, when he formed a partnership with Thomas S. Jones of Utica and Hon. Henry W. Bentley, of Boonville. under the name of Bentley, Jones & Townsend. Mr. Bentley retired at the end of a year, and they continued as Jones & Townsend until 1898, when they admitted Joseph Rudd. In 1902 Mr. Townsend was elected state senator, and the following year was placed on the judiciary; forest, fish and game; agriculture; and privileges of election committees. Since retiring from the senate, Mr. Townsend has given his entire attention to his large and exacting legal practice. In addition to the heavy demands made upon his time by his profession and political duties he found time to serve on the board of managers of the Utica State Hospital, where he was retained for four years. A man of marked versatility, Mr. Townsend has proven efficient in any capacity in which he has served the public, his keen discernment seldom leading him amiss in the recognition of the trend of general affairs.

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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