Butler H. Bixby

Butler H. Bixby

Deposit, Delaware County, New York, USA
Death 31 May 1905 (aged 72)
Owego, Tioga County, New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 49, Lot 7178, Grave 6
Memorial ID 102631685 · View Source
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The Daily Record, Owego, N. Y. Thurs. 1 June 1905

The funeral of Butler H. Bixby, whose death occurred here Wednesday [31 May] morning, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mrs. E. J. Pride’s, 56 Front Street. Rev. J. H. Kidder officiating. The remains will be taken to Brooklyn to be interred in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery.

The New York Sun this morning said: “Butler H. Bixby, was formerly a police justice in this city. He was born in Deposit, Delaware County, 72 years ago. As a young man he studied last and then he came to new York and went into the bonded warehouse business with his elder brother, Francis M. Bixby. Their warehouse stood at Greenwich and Washington Streets.

The business proved lucrative, especially during the civil war, and both brothers retired rich in the later ’60’s. In 1870 Butler H. Bixby was elected a police justice as an Independent Democrat, endorsed by the Republicans. Four year later the legislature made the office non-elective and gave the mayor power to appoint. Mayor Havemeyer, a Republican, reappointed only Mr. Bixby. In the Tweed troubles the committee of seventy obtained many warrants from Justice Bixby, among them one for May A. Oakley Hall.

Another celebrated case which came before him was that of Colonel Jim Fisk, charged with criminal libel by Ed Stokes. On the day of his examination Fisk brought a charge of blackmail against him in another court, and Stokes killed. When Justice Bixby retired from the bench in 1881 he practiced law at 59 William Street. In 1894 he formed a law partnership with John E. McGowan.

A few years ago he retired from active business. Justice Bixby never married. He lived with his sister, Mrs. C. E. Wetmore, for more than 50 years and for 30 years at the corner of Lexington and Twenty-eighth Street, next to Chester A. Arthur’s house. His sister and three nieces, Mrs. J. W. Markoe and Miss Kate Wetmore of this city, and Mrs. Howard Durant of Montreal survive Justice Bixby.”

Transcribed by Bill Preston contributor #47695598

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