Biography of Hon. William J. Roche
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Roche, Hon. William J., was born in Troy, N. Y. His father, William Roche, was born in Ireland and came to the United States in 1841; three years later he settled in Troy and was for many years with the Burden Iron Works and as salesman in Francis S. Thayer's mill in Troy and died in 1891. His mother, Margaret (Guiry) Roche, was born in Ireland, came to United States in 1845, and died in 1886. William J. recieved his education at St. Mary's Academy in Troy and studied law in the office of Townsends & Browne. was admitted to the bar in 1874. In 1878 he succeeded Mr. Browne in the firm and the firm name was Townsends & Roche until 1891 when Mr. Henry T. Nason was taken in and the firm name was changed to Townsend. Roche & Nason, and so continued until January 1, 1897, when Mr. Nason became county judge. In 1883 he was appointed city attorney and held that office until 1886. In December, 1886, he was appointed by Mayor Whelan to the office of city comptroller to fill an unexpired term, afterwards was appointed for a full term and held that office until October, 1890, when he was appointed corporation counsel, which position he now holds. In 1894 he represented the Eighteenth Senatorial District in the Constitutional Convention, being member of committee on powers and duties of the Legislature and on corporations. He is a member of the Alumni Association of the De La Salle Institute and was president of same two terms; has been president of the Robert Emmet Association and is still a member. In 1880 he married Mary L. Campion of New York city, by whom he has five sons. In politics he has long been recognized as among the leading Democrats in this part of the State.

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


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