Chester Thurlow Backus

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Chester Thurlow Backus

  • Birth 24 Mar 1880 Morris, Otsego County, New York, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 1962 Morris, Otsego County, New York, USA
  • Burial Morris, Otsego County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 95145225

Backus, Former
Otsego County
Assemblyman, Dies

The death of Chester T. Backus,long a leading figure in Otsego County Republican political circles, and Assemblyman from Otsego County from 1936 until 1944,occurred at his home in Morris on Thursday of last week following a long illness. He was 82 years old.

A native and life-long resident of Morris, Mr. Backus was an attorney there for 50 years prior to his retirement eight years ago.

He was born in Morris on March 24, 1880, a son of Allen and Ella J. (Folts) Backus. He graduated from Morris High School in 1897, and from Syracuse University in 1904 when he was admitted to the bar. He opened a general practice in Morris, and began taking a leading role in civic and community affairs there.

He represented the town of Morris on the Otsego County Board of Supervisors for 15 years, and was then elected County Clerk, an office he held for six years. In 1936, he was elected Member of Assembly from Otsego County and was reelected to that office every two years until 1944 when he was defeated for the. Republican County Committee designation by the incumbant, Paul L. Talbot of BurlingtonFlats, who this fall will seek his 10 consecutive term.

Mr. Backus. was a former president of the Tri-County Motor Club, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association. He was an honorary officer at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Morris Methodist Church, a charter member of the Morris Rotary Club, a 32nd Degree Mason, and recently was presented with his 50-year pin as a member of Tiendarrah Lodge, F. and A. M. in Morris. He also was a member of the state and county bar associations.

He married the former Miss Ruth A Light in Morris on June 29, 1921. She died July 6, 1953. There are no immediate survivors.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Morris Methodist church with the Rev. Charles Dempsey of Windsor, former Morris pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Brian Dann, current pastor. A Masonic service was conducted at the Backus home Friday night at 8 o'clock. Members of the Otsego County Bar Association attended in a group. Burial was in Hillington Cemetery, Morris.

as reported on page 1 of
The Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, NY
July 12, 1962

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 95145225
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