Biography of L. Burke Ball
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Ball, L. Burke, born in 1838. is the son of L. Chandler Ball, whose death in 1875 was so deeply mourned by the community in which he resided. He was born in Vermont of English ancestry and when a young men went to New Orleans and en tered a store kept by an elder brother. Having little or no opportunity for attending school be became his own instructor. The superior educational attainments he acquired are due wholly to his own efforts. When twenty one years of age he came to Hoosick and engaged in farming and became very successful in that vocation. He was a steadfast and lifelong Republican and became county judge in 1840, and in 1860 was a member of assembly. He served three years in the late war, organizing a company of militia and filling all its offices to major. Judge Ball's character and abilities are revealed in his "Annals of Hoosick" as originally published in the "Standard" and recognized as a masterpiece of description and history. Mr. L. Burke Ball (the subject) was the first man to enlist in Hoosick Falls in Co. H, 30th N. Y. Vols, where he served until physically disabled. After the war he remained in Washington as government clerk in the quartermaster's department for a while; then, though a machinist by trade, he became shipping clerk for the world renowned Wood Company. He married in 1861 Mary V. Fisk of this place: by whom he has three children.

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


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