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Franklin W Tobey
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1844
Death: May 5, 1878

Lawyer & Politician

Ex-Senator Franklin W Tobey died Sunday,May 5,on board the steamer City of Savannah while on his way from Charleston to this port.Mr Tobey was the son of an Essex County farmer, and in early life worked hard on his father's land.While thus occupied he improved all the opportunities that presented themselves for study, and so rapidly did he acquire knowledge that before reaching his majority he was permitted to enter the law office of Judge Augustus C Hand, as a student. In 1868 he was admitted to the Bar,and since that time has been engaged in the practice of the law as a member of the firm of Waldo,Tobey & Beckwith, and Waldo,Tobey&Grover, at Port Henry.Mr Tobey's political career,though not a long one,has been well filled with important events.He took an active part in local politics when only 18 years old,and was always a hard working Republican.He was elected Supervisor of Essex County in 1869,and on being re-elect to the same position in 1870 was chosen chairman of the Board. His first appearance in State politics was in 1871, when he was elected to the Assembly by a majority of 1,406, and on the expiration of his term he was re-elected by 1,981 majority.During the session of 1872 he rendered valuable service in the long investigation of the affairs of the sub-committee of the Judiciary Committee, which prosecuted the inquiry.The report of this sub-committee was promptly approved by the Assembly, which then contained a majority of Republicans.Another prominent part played by Mr Tobey as a member of the Judiciary Committee in 1872, was in the impeachment,trial,and expulsion of the corrupt Judges,Barnard,Cardozo and McCunn, so that Mr Tobey returned to his constituents with a record which insured his re-election. In the Assembly of 1873 he was Chairman of the Committees on Insurance and Rules,besides being a member of the Judiciary Committee.When it became evident in the Fa;; of 1873 that Senator Ames,who represented the Sixteenth District,would be obliged to decline a renomination on account of ill-health, Mr Tobey at once became prominent for the succession.He was elected and entered the Senate on Jan 1 1874, enjoying the distinction of being the youngest member of that body, being then in his thirtieth year.He was a member of the Judiciary,Railroads,and Privileges and Elections Committee. In 1875 he was re-elected to the Senate and served until the close of the session of 1877. Last Fall the delegates to the convention of the Sixteenth Senate District were disposed to place Mr Tobey again in the field, but his poor health led him to request that he should not be nominated. He has been a delegate to every State convention since he became a voter, and he was also a delegate to the National Convention of 1876. For a year or more he has not been in good health, but he did not fear a serious illness. In August last, while on his way from Port Henry to the State Convention,he became ill at Albany. He continued on his journey,but became worse at Utica,where he was detained two days by a serious attack of aedema of the heart. He declined during the Fall and was ordered by his physician to go South to obtained the benefit of a milder climate. He went to Aiken S C in December,but did not improve, and he decided to return a week ago. He left Charleston on Saturday and died on Sunday. He was attended by Dr Rockwell, his physician, and his partner, Mr Grover, was also with him at the time of his death.Mr Tobey leaves a widow and two children who were in Port Henry at the time of his death. He will be buried at Port Henry on Thursday.

The New York Times
Published: May 8,1878
Copyright The New York Times

Son of Jesse Tobey (18001873) and Elizabeth (Farnsworth) Tobey (18141882)

You misread his death date, and entered it as the birth date. He was born February 7, 1844; and died on May 5, 1878 (not 1828). See Wikipedia entry, with link to obit in New York Times.

a visitor suggested the correction. 10-19-2012
This entry was made from a transcription.

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  Jennie Gertrude Ransom Tobey (1846 - 1925)*
  Mary Elizabeth Tobey (1869 - 1877)*
  Waldo Franklin Tobey (1873 - 1949)*
  Harry Ransom Tobey (1877 - 1929)*
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Union Cemetery
Port Henry
Essex County
New York, USA
Plot: L94
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Record added: Aug 09, 2010
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