Biography of Willard Lester
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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Lester, Willard, was born in Saratoga Springs, August 21, 1852, and prepared for college under the tuition of Rev. Dr. James N. Crocker, who conducted an excellent school in Saratoga Springs at that time. He entered Union College in the fall of 1869 and was graduated in the class of 1873 with the degree of A. B. He then took up the study of law in the office of his father, Hon. Charles S. Lester, and was admitted to the bar of the State of New York at the sitting of the Supreme Court at Albany, January 12, 1877. On September 13, 1876, the degree of A. M. was conferred upon him by his Alma Mater; on December 4, 1882, he was adiñitted an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States and he was also admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia as attorney and counselor. Although by profession a lawyer, Mr. Lester has engaged in business enterprises not strictly of a professional nature. He has been connected with the management of the Grand Union Hotel at Saratoga, Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C., and from 1891 to 1894 inclusive, conducted the Windsor Hotel at Saratoga Springs. During all these times however, and since, he has pursued the practice of his profession. For the last fifteen years he has devoted himself to the study and practice of the law of real estate and has built up an extensive real estate business, his firm, that of Lester Brothers, making a specialty of real estate loans, examination of titles and conveyancing. In November, 1894, Mr. Lester married Miss Jessie Louise Starr, only daughter of Albert J. Starr of Saratoga Springs. Mr. Lester has for many years been a director of the First National Bank of Saratoga Springs.


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