ROBERT HIRAM BARNETT, of Newburgh, N. Y., was born in the City of Gloversville, Fulton County, N. Y., on June
13, 1870, being the son of Alfred A. and Bessie Rowell Barnett. His father was born in London, England, and came
to this country in the early sixties. The Barnett family is descended from English ancestors who commanded in the
battle of Barnett. Through his mother, Mr. Barnett is a Mayflower descendant and is connected with the Fields and
Morses, Warren Rowell, the New York inventor, being his maternal great uncle. Mr. Barnett received his education
in the city of Johnstown, N. Y., and graduated from the Johnstown High School and the Johnstown Academy, which
was founded by Sir William Johnson. Oweng to ill health he was unable to enter college, but continued his studies
for three years under a tutor and read law with Andrew J. Nellis, of Johnstown, N. Y., and acted as his managing
clerk for several years and thereafter went to New York City and entered the New York Law School as a student thereof.
While pursuing his course at the New York Law School he was connected with ex Deputy Attorney General Colonel Dennison,
of the firm of Dennison & Hartridge, of New York City. Mr. Barnett graduated from the New York Law School in
1895, with the degree of bachelor of laws, and was admitted to the bar at Albany in December, 1895.
He practiced law in the city of Johnstown for a short time and then removed to Mechanicsville, N. Y., where he
remained for about three years, and while there was corporation counsel of the village and acted as attorney and
counsel for the boards of health and water commissioners. From Mechanicsville Mr. Barnett removed to the city of
New York and engaged in the practice of his profession, but owing to ill health and inability to become acclimated
to the salt air he removed to the city of Newburgh in 1901, where he has since continuously followed his profession,
having largely confined his efforts to the practice of negligence law.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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