Biography of William D. Ingram
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

William D. Ingram. - Holding high rank in legal circles in St. Lawrence County, William D. Ingram, of Ogdensburg, has capably filled the office of district attorney since 1914. He was born in Ogdensburg, Nov. 16, 1886, the son of James J. and Elizabeth N. (Merritt) Ingram.

James J. Ingram, who died in 1913, was a native of Ogdensburg, where he spent his entire life. He was identified with the Western Union Telegraph Company as manager of the Ogdensburg office for many years. His wife died in 1923. She was a native of Buffalo. Their children were: 1. Nellie M. Normand, who died in 1899. 2. James Johnston, who died in 1912. 3. Lulu E., who died in 1881. 4. Harry M., attorney, lives at Potsdam. 5. Mabel N. Coombs, lives at Ogdensburg. 6. William D., the subject of this sketch. 7. Charles D. lives at Ogdensburg. Mr. Ingram was a Republican and a member of the Episcopal Church.

The early education of William D. Ingram was received in the public schools of Ogdensburg and he attended Ogdensburg Free Academy. He studied law in the offices of Waterman & Waterman, before entering Albany Law School. He received the degree of LL. B. in 1908 and in that year was admitted to the bar. Until 1920 he was associated with Thomas E. Spratt and George E. VanKennen. He then took over the practice of Albert Newell, and has since engaged in private practice.

Mr. Ingram married (first) Miss Jennie Bartholomew, who died in February, 1920. He was married (second) in June, 1924, to Miss Anna Grace Earl, of Ogdensburg, the daughter of Berton J. and Lulu (Nichols) Earl. Both were born in Ogdensburg, where Mr. Earl now lives. His wife died in 1923. To Mr. and Mrs. Ingram have been born three children: 1. Beverly Ann, born May 27, 1925. 2. Winifred Hope, born Feb. 27. 1927. 3. William D., Jr., born Aug. 9, 1929.

Mr. Ingram is a Republican. During 1911-12 and 1913-14 he was supervisor of the First Ward, being the first Republican elected to that office in 15 years. In 1914 he was appointed assistant district attorney for a three year term under County Judge Dolan. He was reappointed to the latter office in 1918 and was elected district attorney in 1920. He is now serving his fourth term.

Mr. Ingram is a prominent member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Acacia Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 705, Past Master. He was master of this lodge at the age of 21 years, being the youngest ever to hold that office in the State of New York. Mr. Ingram also belongs to the Century Club and Ogdensburg Country Club. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and former member of the executive committee.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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