JERRY S. GROSS, conceded to be one of the best criminal lawyers in southern New York, was born in the town of
Triangle, Broome county, November 25, 1843. He attended the common schools and finished his elementary education
at the private school for advanced pupils of E. S. Wells at Marathon. He then began teaching school, at the same
time continuing his studies for his own advancement. He went to Iowa and there taught school and practiced law
four years. He acquired his legal education in the office of A. . P. Smith of Cortland and with Col. Nathaniel
W. Davis at Owego. He was admitted to the bar at Albany in the fall of 1870. Mr. Gross practiced first at Cresson,
Iowa, and returned east in the spring of 1874, locating at Berkshire in this county. In 1880 he moved to Spencer
and thence in 1883 to the county seat, where he has since lived and been engaged in active professional work. In
the fall of 1888 he was elected district attorney and served three years. Although his practice is extensive and
covers all departments of the profession, Mr. Gross is best known in the criminal branches of the court, especially
on the defense, where he has justly earned an enviable standing. He is peculiarly and distinctively a fighting
lawyer. On the second of September, 1864, Mr. Gross enlisted in company G, 185th New York volunteers. He was discharged
at the general muster out in June, 1865. He has been active in G. A. R. circles; organized the posts at Spencer
and Halsey Valley, and assisted in the organization of posts in other localities. For eight years he has been a
member of the state department of the G. A. R. and for two years a delegate to the encampments at Pittsburg, Pa.
On February 16, 1880, Jerry S. Gross was married with Addie L. Buffington of Newark Valley, of which marriage two
children have been born.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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