Abner Hazeltine Jr.
Submitted by Terry Heismann, 2005.
From the obituary of Abner
ABNER HAZELTINE DEAD (1915)
Oldest Lawyer and One of the Best Known Men of Jamestown
May 4. - Abner Hazeltine, 80 years old, Jamestown's
oldest lawyer and oldest native born citizen, died yesterday. He was born in Jamestown
in 1835, and had always lived here.
He was the son of Abner Hazeltine, Sr., who
was at one time a member of Congress from this district and the family has
always been prominent in the affairs of Jamestown and
Western New York. Mr. Hazeltine was graduated from Williams
College in 1856 in company with
James A. Garfield. When Garfield
was president, he appointed Mr. Hazeltine a United States Commissioner for this
district, a position he retained until his
death. He was also Police Justice
of Jamestown for eight years. At one time, Mr. Hazeltine was District
Attorney of Chautauqua County and was later Postmaster
of Jamestown. He was for many years Secretary of the
Chautauqua County Historical Society.
He was a member of all of the Masonic bodies of the city having been
Master of the F. & A. M. Lodge more than 50 years.
Surviving are one son and one daughter, Ray T. Hazeltine of Jamestown
and Miss Mary Emogene Hazeltine of Madison,
From a bio located at the Library of Congress:
Abner was born in Jamestown
N.Y. March 18, 1836, son of Abner
and Matilda Hayward Hazeltine. He
received his preliminary education in the academies of Jamestown
and Cherry Valley N.Y.
and was graduated from Williams College
in 1856. At that institution he was
a classmate of James A. Garfield (q.v.) and of John F. Stoneman,
later justice of the supreme court of Iowa. He frequently accompanied the future
president when Garfield went to
nearby villages to preach. After
graduation he followed for several years the profession of civil
engineering. He began to study law
under the preceptorship of his father. He was subsequently admitted to the bar
of P.A. , and to the district and circuit courts of
the United States. He served as Postmaster
of Jamestown N.Y. during the Lincoln Administration; was elected
district attorney of Chautauqua County in 1877, succeeded his father as U.S.
commissioner in 1879, a position he held until his death; and was Police
Justice of Jamestown N.Y. for two terms.
Aside from his legal activities he gave considerable attention to
agriculture, and for many years owned a farm in the town of Carroll. At Williams he was a member of Delta
Upsilon fraternity. He was a member
of the Sons of the Revolution, Chautauqua County Historical Society, various
law associations, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He gave much of his time to the study of
church history, and had just completed it before his death. A history of the First
congregational Church of Jamestown, of which he was a communicant. This History dated from 1866, his father
(who was one of the founders of the church) having written its history covering
the period 1816-1866. He was a
leader in the Chautauqua County Society of History and Natural Science, and
served as its secretary for many years.
He took a deep interest in the affairs of the Sons of the Revolution,
was a charter member of the Jamestown Chapter and had been its regent. He was a Republican. He married at Ashville, Chautauqua
County, N.Y. on April 25, 1867
Olivia A. Brown, daughter of Samuel and Clarissa (Slayton) Brown, of
Ashville. She died in 1905. They had two children, Mary Emogene (1868) attended Wellesley College, was preceptor of
Library School of the University of Wisconsin in 1891; and Ray Thomas (1871)
Cornell University (1889-1891) he served in the postal service from which he
later retired. Abner
died in Jamestown N.Y.
May 3, 1915.