Biography of John B. Holmes
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Holmes, John B., was born in West Davenport, N. Y., August 13, 1852. He is the son of Elkanah Holmes of West Davenport, N. Y., and Betsey (Burdick) Holmes, who died in 1857. He attended the public schools and Stamford Seminary, Stamford, N. Y., then taught school for several terms and subsequently entered the law office of A. Raymond Gibbs of Oneonta, N. Y., for the study of law and graduated from the Albany Law School in 1878, and was admitted to the bar soon thereafter. He commenced the practice of the law in the village of East Worcester, N. Y. in 1878, where he remained until April, 1883, when he removed to the village of Worcester and formed a copartnership with Frank L. Smith under the firm name of Holmes & Smith and continued the practice of the law in that village until April, 1893, when he removed to Troy, N. Y., and formed a copartnership with Hon. James Lansing of that city, under the firm name of Lansing & Holmes and is still a member of the said firm. He was supervisor of the town of Worcester from 1884 to 1888, inclusive, and was for two years during that time chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Otsego county. He ran for district attorney of Otsego county in 1889 against Burr Mattice, who is now a justice of the Supreme Court for that district, and although he ran ahead of his ticket, the county being largely Republican, he was defeated by a small majority. He was the nominal cashier of the Worcester Bank from 1885 to 1888 and a member of the Board of Education of the. Worcester Academy for several years. He belongs to the Cobleskill, N. Y. Lodge No. 304, F. & A. M. He married Mary E. Tobey of West Davenport, N. Y., in 1878, by whom he has one son, Northrup R. Holmes. In politics he has always been a Democrat and for a number of years was a member of the Democratic County Committee of Otsego county and attended several State conventions as a delegate from said county. among which was what is known as the "mid winter convention" held at Albany in 1892.

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


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