Biography of William J. Ludden
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Ludden, William J., was born in Ireland in 1849 and came with his parents to America in 1861. He received a full university course in St. John's College in New York and graduated as Bachelor of Arts in 1870. In the fall of that year he entered the Albany Law School and finished with a class of ninety one students. Immediately after his admission to the bar he commenced the practice of his profession in Rome, N. Y., as partner with the late Milton D. Barnett. at that time district attorney of Oneida county. After remaining with him a short time he. removed to Binghamton where he opened an office for the practice of his profession associating himself with Edmund O'Connor, the late State senator from that district. While in Binghamton he held the office of corporation counsel in that city for two successive terms. In 1881 he moved to Troy where he opened an office in the Times building which he has ever since occupied. He was elected justice of the City Court of the city of Troy in 1889 and held that office until January 1, 1896. He married in 1877 a daughter of James Prendergast, a merchant of Binghamton, N. Y., and they have a family of five Sons and two daughters. Among his immediate relatives are the Rev. Dean A. P. Ludden of Little Falls and the Rev. James M. Ludden of Albany, his brothers, and the Rt. Rev. P. A. Ludden, D. D., bishop of Syracuse, his first cousin. Among the many important cases he has had in his practice are the Dennin will case and the People vs. James Horace Jones whom he defended for homicide. While Mr. Ludden was in Binghamton he was president of the Irish Land League and has aiways taken a deep interest in Irish National affairs. He enjoys a large and lucrative practice and is considered among the first lawyers in Rensselaer county. He has always been a Democrat in politics and has always taken an active part in every presidential election in furthering Democratic principles. His voice has been heard in almost every town of any importance in this State and the northern part of Pennsylvania previous to every presidential election since he has become a voter in the interests of the Democratic cause. While a party man in the strict sense of the word in local matters he has been ever ready to help a friend and espouse the cause of good local government irrespective of party affiliation.

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


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