HOWARD J. MEAD, county judge of Tioga county, was born in the town of Caroline, Tompkins county, March 7, 1848.
He was the som of David P. and Mary P. (Green) Mead, and the grandson of Dr. Daniel L. Mead, one of the pioneer
physicians of Tompkins county When Howard was three years old his father moved from Sllaterville to Motteville.
He was educated in the common school and at the Ithaca Academy, after which he taught a part of each year for five
years. He read, law with Lyon & Donnelly and attended the Albany law school, from which he was graduated February
10, 1871, and at once admitted to practice. In April followiing he opened an office in Candor and remained in that
village in active professional work until January 1, 1885, when he moved to Owego and became senior member of the
firm of Mead & Darrow. However, while practicing at Candor in the fall of 1879, Mr. Mead was elected district
attorney of the county and was reelected in 1882. In November, 1888, he was elected county fudge of Tioga county
and was again elected in the fall of 1894. As is well known Judge Mead has been one of the positive political factors
in the county and one who was always perfectly frank in the expression of his opinion, whether on questions of
law or public events. As a lawyer he preferred the practice of the courts to the less arduous work of the office,
but in either capacity he has always maintained an excellent standard and while in active practice was considered
one of the best lawyers in the county. In Ithaca, October 19, 1871, Howard J. Mead married with Electa J., daughter
of Calvin Gardner.
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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