Hon. Claude B. Alverson. - In the death of Claude B. Alverson on Dec. 23, 1922, one of the most eminent jurists
and able lawyers passed from the courts of Jefferson County. He had been elected as judge of the Supreme Court
of New York in 1920, 5th Judicial District, and was one of the youngest members of the bar to serve in that capacity.
Judge Alverson was born at Hounsfield, Jefferson County, July 19, 1878, the son of Samuel and Fanny (Phelps) Alverson.
Both were born at Hounsfield and are buried at Dexter.
Claude B. Alverson attended the district schools of Jefferson County and studied law in the offices of Walts and
Pitcher, of Watertown, in which the late Senator Fred B. Pitcher was junior member. In 1905 Mr. Alverson was graduated
from the Albany Law School and during that year was admitted to the New York bar. He then formed a partnership
with Edward W. Carroll, under the firm name of Alverson & Carroll, with offices in the Otis Building. His first
political office came to him at this period when he was appointed deputy county clerk, and he was also elected
supervisor from the town of Hounsfield, where his residence was maintained until his removal to Dexter. He served
for two years as deputy county clerk, resigning to devote his entire time to private practice. The partnership
with Mr. Carroll was dissolved and he later became associated with the late George S. McCartin under the firm name
of McCartin and Alverson. In 1910 Mr. Alverson was elected district attorney of Jefferson County and reelected
to that office three years later. As district attorney he handled many important criminal cases and his rise as
a lawyer at this particular period was phenomenal. In 1918 he was nominated for county judge and at that time defeated
Judge George W. Reeves. Two years later he was elected as judge of the Supreme Court of New York, 5th Judicial
District, and during his two years in office he served in many counties in the State.
On Sept. 28, 1907, Judge Alverson was united in marriage with Miss Grace Hilliker, the daughter of William E. and
Sarah (Countryman) Hilliker, the former a native of Dexter and the latter of Stone Mills, N. Y. He died in 1921
and his widow lives at Dexter. Mr. Hilliker ran away to enlist for service during the Civil War and served with
a company of Connecticut infantry. He was a farmer and the owner of the well known Hilliker Farm in Jefferson County.
To Claude B. and Grace (Hilliker) Alverson was born a son and daughter, Kent Hillier, who is a member of the 1931
class of Dexter High School, and Marion C., deceased.
Judge Alverson was a Republican, and had the following lodge affiliations: Brownville Lodge, F. & A. M.; Watertown
Chapter R. A. M. No. 59; Watertown Commander K. T. No. 11; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; Media Temple;
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; B. P. O. Elks No. 496, Past Exalted Ruler. He was identified with the Jefferson
County Bar Association, of which he served as president, and he also belonged to the New York State Bar Association
and the American Bar Association. He held membership in the Agricultural Society and took much pride in his beautiful
dairy farm, which was located on the outskirts of the city of Dexter. He was recognized as an authority on fined
cattle and his farm was well stocked.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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