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EATON J. RICHARDSON, ESQ., was born in Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York, May 14, 1816, of New England parentage. His early years were spent upon the homestead farm, with such educational advantages as the common school afforded. His academic education was at Cazenovia Seminary, where he prepared for college, intending to enter the junior class in Hamilton College. It has been a source of regret that he failed to enter. The occasion of the omission was the advice of Hon. Thomas E. Clark, an eminent lawyer of Utica. This advice to Mr. Richardson was the more remarkable, since Mr. Clark was a liberally educated man, and was once a tutor in Union College. But it nevertheless evinces his high appreciation of Mr. Richardson, since he at once commenced the study of law with Mr. Clark, and continued with him until his admission to the bar in 1844; and then, at his solicitation, he became the partner of Mr. Clark, which relation continued until the death of that gentleman in 1857.
In 1855 the Republican party, then just organized in the State of New York, elected him to the Senate, in which capacity he served till 1857. He was made chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and of the Committee on Roads and Bridges; as such he reported and procured the passage of the Act authorizing the construction of a bridge across the Hudson River at Albany, the necessity, expediency, and constitutionality of which were approved by the Supreme Court of the United States. He also procured the Act to incorporate the International Bridge Company at Buffalo, over the Niagara River, an equally important public enterprise. Since his term of service in the Senate Mr. Richardson has been wholly engaged in the practice of the law, in which he is successful, being regarded as a wise, safe, and honorable counselor.
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