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Michael Henry Sexton
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Birth: May 19, 1859
Boonville
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1924
Utica
Oneida County
New York, USA

Oneida Co NY Biographies: SEXTON, MICHAEL H., son of Patrick and Margaret (Conway) Sexton, natives of County Clare, Ireland, was born in Waterville, Oneida county, May 19, 1859. His parents came to this country when children, and were married in Corning, N. Y. They finally settled permanently in Waterville, where Mrs. Sexton died October 11, 1879. Mr. Sexton is a stone mason by trade, and now resides in Utica. Of their eight children five are living. Michael H. Sexton was educated in Waterville Academy, in St. Joseph's College in Otawa, Canada, and spent two years in Williston Seminary, in Easthampton, Mass. He went from Williston Seminary to Hamilton College, but did not graduate. At the age of sixteen he bought his time from his father, and immediately began the task of obtaining an education. With no capital excepting honesty, and no influence excepting that born of a grim determination, he began his career of self education. He left Hamilton College and taught school at Brothertown, Oneida county, to acquire funds, and for a short time thereafter read law in Waterville with E. H. Lamb, and again went upon the farm, and there continued until the fall of 1883, at which time he came to Utica, and commenced the study of law in the office of R. 0. & J. G. Jones, and later finished his clerkship with Hon. W. T. Dunmore, and in January, 1887, was admitted to the bar. Notwithstanding the fact that his studies, both literary and legal, were frequently interrupted by work on the farm or in teaching school to supply the needed funds for continued effort, he was admitted on his first examination at the end of his clerkship. After his admission he formed a co-partnership with Judge Dunmore, which continued until 1889, since which time he has practiced alone. Though his family and relatives are Democrats, Mr. Sexton has always been a staunch Republican, and in 1887 was nominated for member of assembly for the Utica district, but was defeated by a very small majority by J. Harry Kent. Since then he has acquired considerable prominence as a stump speaker and campaign orator. He is pre eminently a self-made man, and since coming to Utica a poor boy has accumulated a fair competency. He is of an inventive turn of mind and has secured letters patent on two or three appliances which promise much success. He is a member of the Elks, and of the I. 0. of R. M. , and as a gifted writer and a talented elocutionist, has won a very good reputation. He is very successful in his chosen profession, and a bright future is predicted for him by his associates at the bar. Apri1 20, 1887, he married Mattie F. Creagan, of Utica, and their children are Marguerite, Warren M., and Howard P. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mattie F Creagan Sexton (____ - 1937)
 
 Children:
  Howard P. Sexton (1898 - 1946)*
  Marguerite Sexton Quinn (1899 - 1950)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Agnes Cemetery
Utica
Oneida County
New York, USA
Plot: the Sexton family plot, Map 3, Sec 61, S 1/2 Lot 11 & 17
 
Created by: Mary Fisher
Record added: Mar 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107334929
Michael Henry Sexton
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