Biography of Jesse S. L'amoreaux
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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JESSE S. L’AMOREAUX

JESSE S. L’AMOREAUX, ex-county judge, was born in the town of Wilton, Saratoga county, December 11, 1837. His ancestors were Huguenots, who came from France about 1700 and settled in Dutchess county. He was reared in his native town and after attending the common schools entered Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, where he took a full course; subsequently he engaged in teaching, in the towns of Wilson and Schuylerville. He began to read law in 1856 in the office of Lewis J. Wells of Schuylerville, with whom -he remained about two years. In 1858 he removed to Ballston Spa and in the following year formed a partnership with Mr. C. C. Hill, under the firm name of Hill & L’Arnoreaux. This association terminated in February, 1861, and he became a partner of Hon. George Chapman, afterward canal commissioner of the State of New York. He was admitted tothe bar in May, 1861. In 1863 his professional connection with Mr. Chapman terminated and for several years thereafter he continued to practice alone. In 1867 he formed a partnership with A. C. Drake; a lawyer of ripe experience and fine ability, and eleven years later, in 1878, Seth Whalen was admitted to the firm, which, under the name of L’Amoreaux, Drake & Whalen, became one of the most prominent law firms of Saratoga county and eastern New York. After a term of seven years the partnership was dissolved.

In 1882 Mr. L’Amoreaux was nominated by the Republicans for the office of county judge, and his high standing as a lawyer and his great popularity with the people were such that he had no opposition at the polls. He was elected for a term of six years and occupied the bench from January 1, 1883, to January 1, 1889, making a record as an able, rapid and fearless judge.

In the past few years Judge L’Amoreaux has gained a wide reputation as a corporation lawyer and has been largely retained by corporations in New York and other States. As a criminal lawyer he has achieved marked success, although not making this branch of practice a specialty. He has been noted for his thorough mastery of and preparation for his cases, and during the past twenty years but few unusually important suits have been tried in the county in which he has not been engaged. As a judge he presides with ease, urbanity and dignity. In politics he has been a prominent Republican and in 1887 came within one vote of receiving the nomination for justice of the Supreme Court. In the Republican State Convention of the same year he was unanimously nominated for the office of comptroller of the State of New York, but was defeated at the November election with the rest of the ticket.

Among his fellow citizens few men are so generally respected and esteemed as Judge L’Amoreaux, and in his business relations none are more valued for sagacity and probity. When the First National Bank of Ballston Spa was organized Mr. L’Amoreaux was chosen as its attorney; soon after he was named a director and as such has ever since served. In 1880 he succeeded Hon. George West as vice-president. He is a financier of large foresight and careful, conservative method. For many years hehas been an official member of the First Presbyterian church of Ballston Spa.

He married, June 8, 1865, Miss Ellen Holbrook.


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