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Samuel A. York

HON. SAMUEL A. YORK, NEW HAVEN: Attorney-at-Law.

Samuel A. York was born in North Stonington, May 25, 1839, and was educated in the Connecticut Literary Institute at Sheffield, and at Yale College, graduating from the university in the class of 1863.

The members of his class included Professor William G. Sumner, William C. Whitney, secretary of the navy under President Cleveland; General Erasyus Blakeslee of the first Connecticut Cavalry, now a prominent divine in Massachusetts; and the Rev. Dr. Leander T. Chamberlain. The class was a brilliant one and its representatives have been distinguished throughout the country. Judge York graduated from the Albany Law School in 1864 and practiced in Michigan for three years. He then returned to Connecticut and was elected clerk of the house of representatives in 1873, which was controlled by the democrats, ex-United States Senator Eaton of Hartford being speaker.

 In 1874 he was elected clerk of the senate. From 1867 to 1874 he occupied an editorial position on the New Haven register, the manager and proprietor of the paper, the late Minot A. Osborn, being his father-in-law. He became judge of probate in the New Haven district July 4, 1876, and retained the position until Jan. 1, 1987, when he became the mayor of the city, occupying that office for two years. Judge York is a leading democrat in New Haven county, and is a gentleman of high social prominence.

 His career as judge of one of the most important probate courts in the state was characterized by the highest sense of honor. He is universally honored in the city where he resides.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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