Biography of James K. Averill
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Averill, James Knox, was born in Sand Lake, Rensselaer county, N. Y., October 12, 1846, and is the son of James Gill Averill and Clarissa Sluyter. He is lineally descended in the fifth generation from Isaac Averill, the original Puritan emigrant, who settled in Topsfield, Mass. Mr. Averill married Rebecca Jane, daughter of John F, Davis, of Warren, Pa. February 4, 1886. He entered Yale College in 1865, but temporary illness and straitened finances interrupted his studies and induced him to teach school at Berlin, N. Y. In 1867 he entered Columbia Law School, graduating two years later, and was admitted to the bar in Troy. From 1869 to 1873 he practiced in New York in Connection with his brother, Horatio F. Averill, and Hon. Thomas Allison; from 1873 to 1877 he practiced alone; while from 1877 to 1883 he practiced in Troy in partnership with the late Hon. Albert E. Wooster, then district attorney of Rensselaer county. Since 1884 he has practiced alone in New York city, where he has been the attorney in many cases of great importance. In recent years Mr. Averill has spent much time and money in the development of that part of his native town now known as Averill Park. In May, 1895, he organized a syndicate of Troy capitalists and built so much of the Troy and New England Railroad as is located between Troy and Averill Park. He has since conveyed more than 300 acres of his holdings there to the Averill Park Land Improvement Company. From 1877 to 1880 Mr. Averill was somewhat active in local politics, and as a delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1879 the resolutions adopted by the convention were, in the main, prepared by him. He has never been a candidate for public office.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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