Biography of Hon. Murray E. Poole
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Poole, Hon. Murray Edward, was torn July 17, 1857, at Centre Moreland, Wyoming county, Pa., at the head of the historic Wyoming Valley. He is a son of the late Edward V. Poole. a prominent business man and private banker of Tioga county, and a descendant from Captain Edward Poole, the founder of Weymouth, Mass., in 1635. Six of his ancestors were officers in the Revolutionary War, and another served in the Massachusetts Colonial Assembly during the same period. He was prepared at Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pa., and graduated at Cornell University as A. B., in 1880. He studied law with Judge Marcus Lyon, Judge Bradley Almy, Col. Charles H. Blair and Hon. Jared T. Newman, of Ithaca; Judge Charles A. Clark and Frank A. Darrow, esq., of Owego, and Judge Adolphus C. Allen, of Waverly. He was admitted to the bar May 3, 1889, at Syracuse. He married November 4, 1891, Eva, daughter of James Zeliffe, of Limestone, N. Y. She was born March 31, 1862, and graduated at Baxter University of Music, Friendship, N. Y., in 1880. They have one daughter, Laura Frances, born December 4, 1893. He has always taken an active interest in Democratic politics, was appointed special county judge of Tompkins county, October 24, 1889, by Governor Hill, to fill a vacancy, and held the office until January 1, 1890; has been justice of the peace since January 1, 1891, acting recorder of the city of Ithaca since April 10, 1893; Democratic candidate for special county judge in 1889, and delegate to the constitutional convention in 1893. He is also a prominent Mason, having attained the thirty third degree. He was one of the founders of the Waverly Farmer in 1883, and is a member of the New York State Press Association, of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, Society of the War of 1812, New England Historic Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and American Historical Association. Also author of the "History of Edward Poole. of Weymouth, Mass., 1635, and his Descendants, 1893 ," author of the History of the Town of Toga in "Gay's Historical Gazetteer of Tioga County, N. Y.," 1887, and "Biographical Sketches in Landmarks of Tompkins County;" associate editor of " Gilmore's Cyclopedia of American Biography," of the " Cyclopedia of the Medical Profession," "White's National Cyclopedia of American Biography," also of "Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia," contributor to the University Magazine (N. Y. City), Magazine of American History, Harper's Weekly, Detroit Free Press, Buffalo Illustrated Express, Utica Saturday Globe and others. He resides in Ithaca.

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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