Benjamin Hale Austin

Benjamin Hale Austin

Birth
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 5 Jul 1885 (aged 53)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Section 2 (Austin Plot)
Memorial ID 105884206 · View Source
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DEATH OF MR. JUSTICE AUSTIN.
At twenty minutes past eight o'clock yesterday morning the Hon. Benjamin H. Austin, Second Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, breathed his last at his residence, Nuuanu Valley, in the presence of his wife and son, his brother, Mr. Jonathan Austin, and his family. The deceased had been a great sufferer for several years. When young he was very active and energetic, but being seized with acute rheumatism which developed into a chronic form, he became an invalid for the balance of his life. The deceased was born at Saratoga Springs, New York, in the year 1832, consequently was fifty-three years of age at the time of his death. At five years old he was taken to Buffalo, N. Y., and at the age of twenty-one was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Buffalo with his father, the firm name being Austin & Austin. The lamented gentleman was also a member of the State Legislature. At his father's death he entered into partnership with Mr. Hickman, a prominent Buffalo lawyer. He came to Honolulu in 1876 for the benefit of his health, and remained here a visitor until August, 1877, when, feeling better, he returned to Buffalo and resumed his practice of law. But the climate was too much for him, and he returned to the islands in 1879. On November 7th, 1880, he was appointed Second Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a position he worthily filled up to a few days of his death. Judge Austin was a studious and well-read man. His rulings on the bench were always impartial and delivered after the most careful consideration. No one, to see him sitting on the bench, would have thought he was suffering much pain, but it was so; still he bore it all with scarcely a complaint. On the evening previous to his death his brother asked him if he was afraid to die. He replied that he should not die, but hoped to get well: it was not characteristic of the Austin family to give up. However, he had to resign and passed peacefully away at the time stated above. The Judge leaves a widow and two children to mourn their sad loss. Miss Marion, the eldest of the children, is at present at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., the other, George, a boy of ten years, is at home. He also leaves two brothers and a sister. The latter, Mrs. George W. Townsend, resides in Buffalo. His eldest brother, Mr. Jonathan Austin, is a well-known lawyer in this city, the other brother, Mr. Stafford L. Austin, who resides at Onomea, Hawaii, is at present in San Francisco, undergoing medical treatment. The funeral takes place this afternoon from his late residence at 4 o'clock. The Supreme Court and Police Court met this morning and then adjourned until to-morrow out of respect to his memory. His seat on the bench has been draped in black, and also the Court. The Government and Consular flags are flying at half mast. The Government offices closed at noon, the banks and many business hours at 1 o'clock, out of respect to his memory. (Evening Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii) Mon. 06 Jul 1885 p. 3)


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  • Created by: David Blewster Knight
  • Added: 26 Feb 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 105884206
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Hale Austin (10 Jan 1832–5 Jul 1885), Find a Grave Memorial no. 105884206, citing O'ahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by David Blewster Knight (contributor 47958606) .