Niagara County

1897 Biography - Alfred Holmes

Alfred Holmes was born in Berne, Albany county, N. Y., August 5, 1804, and at the time of his death was the oldest practitioner at the bar of the Eighth Judicial district of this State. After the death of his father, the widow and children settled in 181 5 on a tract of land a little east of Lockport, where he remained with his brothers clearing and cultivating the farm until April, 1827, when he entered the law office of Elias Ransom in Lockport as a student and clerk. Admitted to practice in 1832 he was taken as partner by Judge Ransom, and the firm became known as one of the most reputable and successful in the county. In his political affiliations he was a Whig and later a Republican. He served as a master in chancery several years prior to the abolishment of the office in 1840. In 1841 he was elected district attorney, in which office he demonstrated his possession of many of the natural attributes that combine to make the successful attorney. In 1857 he was elected judge of the county and served two terms of four years each to the eminent satisfaction of the bar and the general good of the county. Only one of the great number of his decisions made during the eight years was reversed by a higher court. A volume compiled by the secretary of state giving the results of indictments for violations of criminal law for one year in each county of this State, shows that Niagara led all others in the number of convictions in proportion to the number of indictments.

Contributed 01 Oct 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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