|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1831|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug., 1916|
New Jersey, USA
Per 1900 census, E.B. & Lydia lived in Manhattan, New York. His parents were both born in Connecticut.
HINSDALE, ELIZUR BRACE born in Genesee County New York December 4 1831 is descended from Puritan ancestors who were located in New England during early colonial days The founder of the Hinsdale family in America arrived at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts about 1650 and subsequently removed to Connecticut where in Litchfield County the immediate ancestors of Judge Hinsdale were located for several generations His grandfather Jacob Hinsdale and four brothers were soldiers in the Revolution. His father Elizur Hinsdale was a captain in the VVar of 1812 and was the founder of the edge tool business in Winsted Connecticut where he was proprietor of a large manufactory for those days. He sold out and removing to Leroy, Genesee County, New York became an extensive land owner. The famous Elihu Burritt was his cousin Judge Hinsdale's grandmother was a sister of Jonathan Brace of Hartford a leading member of the Connecticut bar in his day Judge Hinsdale was educated in the common schools and at a local academy and studying law was admitted to the bar at Buffalo in May 1856 He at once began practice in Leroy where he remained five years During the campaign for the election of Lincoln in 1860 he was chairman of the Genesee County Republican central committee. He removed to New York City in 1861 Making a specialty of corporation law and the settlement of financial difficulties he gained a leading place in this department His practice has been largely litigated cases and he has been a prominent figure in important contests in all the courts. In 1870 he organized the firm of Hinsdale & Sprague He was connected for more than 25 years with the Long Island Railroad Company as general counsel and was counsel for the several corporations prior to amalgamation He was for some time its vice president and until recently was at the head of its law department He took part in making all the contracts of the road with the result that not a single contract has been successfully assailed in the courts He effected the final consolidation of the three independent roads on Long Island and carried through successfully the notable litigations connected with the system from 1877 to their termination in the Court of Appeals in 1895.
Judge Hinsdale has long been active in the Republican party especially in connection with the Union League Club For ten years he has been a member of the committee of political reform of this club and for a number of years its chairman ini which capacity he has been active in the preparation of the important addresses on public questions issued by the committee from time to time Judge Hinsdale is also the author of other valuable papers one on the reform of land transfer being especially notable He was also the author of the legal opinion aflirmed by the Court of Appeals crediting the city of New York with power to issue bonds for the purpose of acquiring new public parks.
Under the Magistrates Act reforming the bench of New York City he was in 1895 appointed a judge of the Court of Special Sessions by Mayor Strong and in recognition of his ability as an organizer and his effectiveness in securing the results of reform was made presiding justice by his associates.
While on the bench Judge Hinsdale tried and convicted the notorious anarchist Herr Most for an article published in his paper that he claimed was only a political article. Most appealed to the highest court of the state where the decision was unanimously affirmed Thus for the first time was it settled in this country that imprisonment is the penalty for anarchist speaking and writing.
Lydia Reed Smith Douglass (1832 - 1912)
St. Clair County
Created by: Marguerite
Record added: Apr 12, 2013
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