Biography of James W. Houghton
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

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JAMES W. HOUGHTON.

HON. JAMES W. HOUGHTON was born in the town of Corinth, Saratoga county, September 1, 1856, son of Tilley and Charlotte (Dayton) Houghton. The family is of English descent and early settled in Saratoga county, removing from Lancaster, Mass. His father was a prominent man in his day and was well known, especially throughout the northern section of the county.

Judge Houghton was educated at Canandaigua Academy, Canandaigua, N. Y., and after completing an advance course in that institution, which at that time had a high reputation, taught school, reading law meantime, and was admitted to the bar at Rochester in October, 1879. In January, 1880, he came to Saratoga Springs and began the practice of law. By industry and painstaking care in the preparation of his cases, he rapidly established for himself a lucrative practice and a high position amongst the younger members of the bar.

In 1888, after an exciting but friendly contest, he was nominated by the Republican convention of his county for county judge. A great effort was made by his Democratic opponent to defeat him on the ground of his youth, but he was elected by a large majority. His services on the bench met with such approval that in 1894 he was re-elected without opposition, his nomination being endorsed by the Democratic party.

He is regarded as a hard working lawyer, who prepares his cases for trial and argument with great care and research. His arguments are clear and logical, and as an advocate he possesses strong ability before both court and jury. His great strength is in his plain, forceful and straightforward manner of presenting his case. He is engaged upon one side or the other of nearly all the important causes in his county.

In April, 1884, he married Elizabeth M. Smith of Saratoga Springs, and their children are James T. and Elizabeth.


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