Robert B. Stiles
Robert B. Stiles

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

ROBERT B. STILES is descended of John Stiles, who, with three brothers and his sister Jane, left London, England, in the ship "Christian," March 16, 1635, and reached Windsor, Conn., about the 1st day of July following, where he continued to reside until his death. He was baptised in Milbroke, England, Dec. 25, 1595.

Robert B. was born at Melrose, Hartford Co., Conn., Aug. 8, 1848. He is a sonn of John M. Stiles, well known in that locality, and a grandson of the late Hon. Eli Gowdy, for who many years represented his district in the Connecticut Legislature. He prepared for college at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., and was graduated at Union College, Schenedctady, N. Y., in 1870. He received the degree of A. M., at the same institution, in 1873. He is also a graduate of the law department of Union University, known as the Albany Law School, and was admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor-at-law at Albany, N. Y., May, 1871. In September of the same year, at Hartford, he was admitted to practice in the courts of Connecticut.

In the latter part of 1871 he removed to Troy, and remained for some time with the then prosperous law firm of Banker, Rising & Boice. Leaving that firm, he has resided since 1872 in Lansingburgh, where he continues the practice of the law. In 1877 he was elected to fill a vacancy in the office of justice of the peace, and in March, 1879, he was elected for a full term.

Mr. Stiles married Ida E., daughter of Wm. Lawrence, who was for many years a resident of Troy. They have one child.

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