Biography of Herman S. Hopkins
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Hopkins, Herman S., the subject of this sketch, now a practicing lawyer of this town, was born in Groton, Tompkins county, N. Y., June 19, 1848, and is a son of Sidney and Caroline Hopkins. His ancestors were among the first settlers of this town, his great grandfather, Isaac Hopkins, with his family, having moved from Washington county, N. Y., and settled on a farm in the eastern part of this town in 1800 or 1801. He had a large family of children, among whom were Stephen, David, Isaac, John, Elisha, Hiram, and several daughters, all of whom took an active interest in the early settlement of this town. Of these sons Isaac married Martha P. Clark, and they had two sons. Volney and Sidney Hopkins. Sidney Hopkins married Caroline Howser, and was in his lifetime a prominent citizen of the town and took an active interest in its affairs; he was for a number of years a trustee of the Groton Academy, a trustee of the Groton Union School; was justice of the peace in the town for a number of years, and from 1872 to 1880 he was a U. S. inspector of customs at the port of New York, when he returned to Groton, where he died in 1887, his wife still surviving him. Herman S. Hopkins was educated at the Groton Academy and the State Normal School at Cortland, N. Y., graduating from the latter in 1872, and after teaching for a short time, read law in the office of W. W. Hare, esq., at Groton, and was admitted as an attorney and counselor at law in 1877, and has since practiced his profession at Groton. He has taken quite a prominent part in town affairs, and has held the office of justice of the peace in the town for a number of years; also held the offices of clerk and trustee of Groton village, and also treasurer of Groton Union School for a number of years. In politics he has always been a Republican, frequently representing his town in Republican conventions.

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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