JERRY T. DURHAM, Attorney-at-law and Justice of the Peace, Oneida, N. Y., was born in Verona, N. Y., October 18, 1865, son of D. Harvey and Ellen (French) Durham. His people were pre-eminently connected with this section of the county, the town of Durhamville having been named after them many years ago. The family trace their ancestry partly to English extraction. The father was a farmer, and
died in 1870. The mother is still living. Our subject spent his early days on the farm, attending, as did the rest of the children, the village schools. He has two brothers living: Edward E., now a resident of Oneida, and in the furniture business, in which Jerry T. holds an interest; and Daniel H., who also lives in Oneida. A twin brother of the latter died in infancy.
Jerry T. Durham supplemented his common-school education by an academic course,
and, having a natural inclination for the study of law, when nineteen years old commenced reading in the office of Sayles, Jenkins & Devereaux, lawyers in Oneida, remaining with them until July, 1887, later with Searle & Sayles at Rome, N. Y., and studied there until admitted to the bar at the general term
of the Supreme Court at Syracuse, N. Y., November 18, 1887. He was an apt student, and mastered the details of the profession early, his judgment on points of law being always good. He first practised with A. D. Kneeland, Esq., at Rome, N.Y., continuing until February, 1888, when he came to Oneida, and formed a partnership with Charles Shumway. This lasted until June, 1890, during which time our subject was prominent in a number of cases of considerable importance, among them the Jackson murder trial. He is now a member of the
New York State Bar Association. In February, 1890, he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, and in June, 1890, appointed Justice of the Peace to fill a vacancy in the town of Lenox, and was subsequently elected to that office by such a majority of votes as to give ample evidence of his popularity. Besides the honor of the office, he has considerable business, because of his reputation for fairness and impartiality, coupled with correct decisions. He has an excellent practice, and is one of the most popular men in his town, having the happy faculty of gaining and retaining the friends he makes. His father dying when he was but a child, he was early thrown on his own resources, and has worked himself up by his own energy and industry to his present enviable position.
Politically, Mr. Durham is a firm Republican, and has been, and is, able to give good reason for the faith he holds. He is heart and soul identified with the fraternal orders, being a Mason since February, 1887, and is now Worshipful Master of Oneida Lodge, No. 270, A. F. & A. M.; a member of Doric Chapter, No. 193, R. A. M.; Rome Commandery, No. 45, K. T.; and of Eumenia Lodge, No. 196, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was one of the originators of the Central New York Masonic Association, which is a social organization of extensive membership, is its present Treasurer, and also a member of the Executive Committee. He is not a member of any church, but affiliates with the Baptists.
Mr. Durham was married in 1891 to Miss Alice Toogood, of Rensselaer County. Being a permanent resident of Oneida County for many years, he is thoroughly identified with the work of his profession and the interests of the town. In personal appearance he ruddy, handsome, pleasant-faced, and jolly; and no more genial gentleman is known in the town than Jerry T. Durham.
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