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 Waldo Brigham

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Waldo Brigham

  • Birth 10 Jun 1829
  • Death 2 Apr 1900
  • Burial Hyde Park, Lamoille County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 44952302

wife: Lucia Ellen Noyes

also small stone near by:
Blanche Brigham

Info below provided by: Douglas Robinson

BRIGHAM, Hon. Waldo, came of Puritan ancestry, tracing his genealogical line to Thomas Brigham, who came from England and located at Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 1634. He was born at Bakersfield, June 10, 1829, the youngest child, in a family of 10, of Asa and Sally Hardy Brigham, and died after a long and painful illness at Hyde Park, April 2, 1900. His early education was obtained in the district school and at Bakersfield Academy. After completing his course at the academy, he entered the University of Vermont, from which he graduated with honor in the class of 1854. Among his classmates were Reuben Clark Benton, until his death in 1895, a prominent lawyer of Minneapolis: Charles IT. Heath, late of the Washington County bar, and Charles Merritt Cay, at one time editor and publisher of the Living Age.

After one year spent in teaching at Potsdam, New York, he took up the study of law, first in the office of Hon. W. C. Wilson in Bakersfield and afterwards in the office of John A. Child and Whitman G. Ferrin at Hyde Park. He was admitted to the bar of Lamoille County at the May term, 1857, and shortly thereafter entered the office of Hon. Homer E. Royce, then a member of Congress from Vermont, at East Berkshire. Remaining there in the practice of his profession four years, he returned to Hyde Park in 18(52, when he formed a partnership with George L. Waterman. This partnership continued until dissolved by reason of the failing health of Mr.. Waterman, in 1884, covering the period of the greatest activity in Mr. Brigham Js legal career. During this time, spanning almost a quarter of a century, there was hardly a case of any prominence on the Lamoille County

docket in which did not appear Brigham & Waterman, and in the lists against them, Hon. H. Henry Powers and Hon. Philip K. Gleed of the firm of Powers & Gleed, or Hon. George W. Hendee. In 1884 Mr. Brigham formed a partnership with Henry M. McFarland, which continued for three years. His retirement from this partnership by reason of ill health, the seeds of which were sown in the care and overwork of more than a decade before in the semi-public service, given to the building of what is now known as the St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain Railroad, of which he was the first president, practically marked the close of Mr. Brigham's professional labors.

His strength as a lawyer lay chiefly in a thorough knowledge of legal principles, grounded in common sense. He was not a case lawyer. The reports were for him an immense storehouse of legal principles,- clothed with facts, individualized, never a compendium of decisions simply. The bench and bar of our state, as well as a clientage extending over almost a quarter of a century, testify to the ability and integrity which Mr. Brigham brought to the practice of his chosen profession.

Mr. Brigham was more than a lawyer. He was an unselfish and high-minded citizen, always placing above private interests the interest of his town, his county and his state. His years after reaching maturity were filled to the full with business and professional activities, activities not self-centered, but self-sacrificing, public spirited, altruistic. His was a life that looked out and beyond self for its motives, its aim, its highest enjoyment. He lived to serve, not to be served.

Always a Democrat in a state where there was no hope of public preferment. Mr. Brigham held few offices. He represented Hyde Park in the Legislature in 1866-'67-!68, serving with credit on important committees. Though his party could elect him to no county or state office, it signally honored him by naming him at various times for the offices of state's attorney, county senator, lieutenant-governor, member of Congress and senator of the United States. He also represented his party as a delegate to the national convention which named Governor Seymour for the presidency.

In 1858, shortly after his admission to the bar, he married Lucia Ellen, eldest daughter of Hon. Lucius Noyes of Hyde Park. From this union were born three daughters, all of whom are now living. Julia, the eldest, married Henry M. McFarland of Hyde Park. Mary is the wife of James Buckham, eldest son of President M. H. Buckham, and resides in Melrose. Massachusetts. Blanche, the youngest, late preceptress of the hi
Such, briefly told, was the life of Waldo Brigham. While it was nut perfect, its motives were right, and. as said Antony over the dead body of Brutus at Philippi, so may it be said of him:

"His life was gentle: and the elements So mixed in him. that Nature might stand up

And say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"

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  • Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 30 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44952302
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Waldo Brigham (10 Jun 1829–2 Apr 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44952302, citing Hyde Park Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, Lamoille County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .