Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Arthur H. Abbott –

As a leading lawyer of Gouverneur, where he has successfully engaged in practice for almost 35 years, Mr. Abbott is prominent throughout St. Lawrence County.  He was born at Fowler, St. Lawrence County, June 7, 1873, the son of J. Henry and Harriet R. (Phillips) Abbott.


J. Henry Abbott, deceased, was a native of Fowler, born in 1840.  He was well known as a wool manufacturer at Hillsboro, N.Y., being identified with J.H. Abbott & Company.  He later sold his factory interests and became a wool broker.  He died July 20, 1923, and his wife, who was born at Gouverneur, died Aug 20, 1906.  Both are buried at Gouverneur.  Their children were:  Emory W., deceased; Morton P., lives at Rumford, Me; and Arthur H., the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Abbott was a Republican.


J. Henry Abbott was the son of Emory W. and Hannah (Pickit) Abbott.  Both were born in St. Lawrence County, at Hopkinton, and Fowler respectively.  He was a manufacturer of woolen goods and also owned several large farms in this section.  Both he and his wife are buried at Gouverneur.


After his graduation from Gouverneur High School, Arthur H. Abbott attended Potsdam Normal School.  He completed work there in 1893 and spent the following year in the office of his uncle, the late Judge Vasco P. Abbott.  In 1896 Mr. Abbott was graduated from the Albany Law School, and until 1897 was established in practice with Judge Abbott.  Since 1897 he has engaged in private practice.  Since 1899 Mr. Abbott has also been Justice of the Peace, and he has held the office of Police Justice since 1920.  During the World War he was chairman of District Draft Board No. 3.


In 1901 Mr. Abbott was united in marriage with Miss Bertha M. Clapp, the daughter of Allen and Lillian (Deveraux) Clapp, natives of St. Lawrence County, both now deceased. 


Mr. Abbott is a Republican and is affiliated with Gouverneur Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 217; Gouverneur Chapter, R. A. M.; Gouverneur Commandery, KI.T.; and Media Temple.


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