Biography of Edgar T. Brackett
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

D-Descriptive guide of the battlefield of Saratoga

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EDGAR T. BRACKETT.

HON. EDGAR TRUMAN BRACKETT stands pre-eminent among the bar of Saratoga county; born at Emersonís Corners in the town of Wil ton, Saratoga county, July 30, 1853, son of William and Elizabeth Ann (Sherman) Brackett, our subject is seventh in descent of Capt. Richard Brackett who came from Scotland to Boston in 1629. In childhood he accompanied his parents to Mount Vernon, Linn county, Iowa, where he remained until he had attained mans estate. In 1872 he was graduated from Cornell College at Mount Vernon, a denominational institution of learning under the management of the Methodist Episcopal church. In September of that year he removed to Saratoga Springs, which has since been his home, and began the study of law in the office of Pond & French. In June, 1875, he was admitted to the bar at the General Term of the Supreme Court at Elmira, and in the same month the degree of Master of Arts was also conferred upon him by his Alma Mater, which later in 1898 also granted to him the degree of LL. D. The following spring he became the junior member of the law firm of Pond, French & Brackett, which continued for twelve years, and later he became the head of the firm of Brackett, Butler & Baucus. In 1895 Mr. Brackett was elected to the New York State Senate on the Republican ticket, from the Twenty-eighth district, comprising the counties of Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington, by a vote of 18,558; his principal opponent, Charles O. McCreedy, Democrat, of Baliston Spa, polling 10,117 votes. He took prominent rank in the councils of his party and in the work of the Senate. In 1898, at the time of this writing, he was renominated by acclamation by the Republican party for the second term. He is recognized as one of the strong fac tors of his party in the State and his influence is very potential.

Senator Brackett is now practicing his profession alone in Saratoga Springs, and his practice is very large and lucrative, his counsel with other attorneys being extensive. It is as a lawyer that Mr. Brackett finds his delight, and as a lawyer is best known rather than as a politician. He is thoroughly grounded in the philosophy of the law and stands among the really eminent lawyers of New York. He has participated in many of the causes celebre, which have shed lustre on the bar in Northern New York. Perhaps his most noted triumph was his successful defense of Gen. Austin Lathrop, superintendent of State prisons, against charges of malfeasance preferred against him to the governor in 1895ó6. His work in this case was masterful and resulted in the dismissal of the charges and the complete exoneration of his client.

On the 22d of November, 1883, Mr. Brackett was married to Mary Emma Corliss, daughter of the late Charles Corliss of Providence, R. I. They have two sons, Edgar Truman, Jr., and Charles William.


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