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NORTHRUP, Ansel Judd, jurist and author, was born at Smithfield, Madison co., N. Y., June 80, 1833, son of Rensselaer and Clarissa (Judd) Northrup. His father, a native of Berkshire county, Mass., was a farmer by occupation: his mother was a daughter of Ansel Judd, of Onondaga county, N. Y. He descends on both sides from New England colonists, being in direct line from Joseph Northrup, one of the first settlers of Milford, Conn., in 1639, and from Deacon Thomas Judd, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1633 or 1634. His great-grandfather, Amos Northrup, was a soldier of the Connecticut line in the revolution. Ansel J. Northrup was educated in the schools of his native town, and was graduated at Hamilton College in 1858, which college conferred upon him, in 1895, the degree of LL.D. He next studied law at Columbia Law School, and after his admission to the bar in May, 1859, began practice in Syracuse. His reputation as a well equipped and capable lawyer was soon established, and in 1882 he was elected county judge of Onondaga county, an office which he held for twelve years. For many years he has been a U. S. commissioner. Since February, 1895, he has been commissioner of statutory revision of the state of New York, and commissioner to revise the code of civil procedure. In addition to holding these public offices, Judge Northrup is a trustee of the Syracuse Savings Bank, of Oakwood cemetery, and other corporations. He is a member of the Onondaga Historical Society, and of the Fortnightly, Citizens' and University clubs of Syracuse. His leisure is devoted to out-of-door sports, and he has written several entertaining books on summer rambles in various parts of the country, among them: "Camps and Tramps in the Adirondacks" and "Grayling Fishing in Michigan" (1880), and "'Sconset Cottage Life: A Summer on Nantucket " (1881). He has also written an elaborate historical sketch of "Slavery in New York " (colonial and state), now being published as a bulletin by the board of regents of New York. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian, and for many years past has been an elder of the First Church in Syracuse. He was married. Nov. 24, 1863, to Eliza S., daughter of Thomas B. and Ursula A. (Elliott) Fitch, of Syracuse, N. Y.

Source: The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume X. New York: James T. White & Company, 1900, p. 38.

 

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