THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ANSON C. BROOKS, an esteemed and highly respected resident of Hamilton, is a worthy representative of the intellectual, moral, and progressive element of Madison County. He was born in Hamilton, September 12, 1842, and is a son of Nelson Brooks. The latter was born in the town of Madison, and there reared to the peaceful occupation of farming, which he followed the greater part of his life. He spent his last years in Earlville, dying at an advanced age. Anson Brooks, grandfather of our subject, was a native of Connecticut, born in the town of Stratford. He emigrated to New York when a young man, it is thought, being a pioneer of Madison.
   The subject of this brief sketch was reared to manhood in his native town, attending the district schools, where he received a substantial foundation for his further education. At the age of fourteen years he began to be self-supporting, and secured work on a farm, continuing thus engaged for several seasons,--working on the farm in the summer and attending school in the winter season. He was an earnest student, and by close application to his books had, at the age of eighteen years, acquired such knowledge that he was enabled to fill the position of instructor in the public schools of his native town with marked ability, and for fifteen consecutive winters taught most successfully. At the expiration of that period Mr. Brooks was, by a unanimous vote, elected to the office of Justice of the Peace. His unswerving integrity and stanch loyalty to the cause of right gained for him the approval and confidence of his fellow- townsmen; and he was four times re-elected to this office, each time filling a term of four years. Subsequently he became a firm believer in the principles promulgated by the Prohibition party; and the high sense of justice and duty which have characterized his every action led him to join its ranks, and work ardently for the good cause. This change in politics not meeting with the approval of his constituents, Mr. Brooks was not again re-elected to his former office. He is of thrifty habits, prudent and economical. By a judicious use of his earnings, combined with skilful management, our subject and his wife have purchased the home where the family now reside, and where they are surrounded by the comforts of life.
   When twenty-one years of age, Mr. Brooks was united in marriage with Miss Marcia Brainard, daughter of Oliver and Eliza (Beebee) Brainard. Of this union four children have been born, two of whom are now living; namely, Anna, born in 1874, and Clarence in 1878. One son, Newton, died when six years of age, and a daughter, Emma, at the age of fourteen years. In politics Mr. Brooks was formerly a Republican, but now affiliates with the Prohibition party. During the years 1880 and 1881 he served acceptably as Secretary of the Madison County Temperance Association, and for two years was President of the same association. During the past twelve years he has, perhaps, settled as many estates as any man in town; and, as he is Notary Public, he has a large business in drawing wills, contracts, deeds, mortgages, etc., and has considerable practice as attorney in justice's courts, while he is trustee or guardian for several old people. Mr. Brooks is decided in his opinions, and firm and conscientious in the expression of them, fearlessly maintaining what he believes to be true and right. Religiously, he is a regular attendant at the Methodist Episcopal church.

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