Biography of Samuel D. Halliday
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Halliday, Samuel D., was born in Dryden, January 7, 1847, was educated in the district schools until the age of fourteen, then entered the Ithaca Academy, where he prepared for college. In the fall of 1866 he entered the sophomore class at Hamilton College, remaining one year. The succeeding year he taught in Ithaca Academy, and upon the opening of Cornell University in 1868, entered the junior class, graduating therefrom, in 1870. Then followed two years of preparation for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1879. Tn 1873 he was elected district attorney by a major ity of 415, being the only Democrat the people had chosen for a county officer in twenty years. In June, 1874, he was made a trustee of Cornell University, by a vote of the alumni thereof, in accordance with its charter. This position he held for ten years. He is now a trustee of Cornell University by virtue of an election by the trustees themselves. He represented Tompkins county in the New York Assembly of 1876 and 1878; was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1876, and also in 1880, and a member of the Democratic State Committee in 1884. Since his retirement from the Legislature, in 1878, he has devoted himself entirely to the practice of law.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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