George Lavater Stedman descends on his father's side from Thomas Stedman, who settled in New London, Conn., in 1649. One of his ancestors, while commanding a company of dragoons, was killed in the Pequot war. His father, John Porter Stedman, who married Thais Hooker, was a prominent manufacturer and banker of Southbridge, Mass., where he served as assessor, selectman, etc. The Hookers descended from Thomas Hooker of Hartford, Conn., and one of the line, Amos Hooker, grandfather of Mr. Stedman's mother, died in the Revolutionary army in the siege around Boston. Mr. Stedman's mother was a direct descendant of Kenelm Winslow of the Plymouth Colony. George L. Stedman, born in Southbridge, Mass., November 8, 1831, was graduated from Brown University in 1856, came to Albany the same year, attended the Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He read law with Shepard & Bancroft, and after the dissolution of the firm was associated with S. O. Shepard many years. He was later a partner with Osgood H. Shepard until January, 1885, and then with David A. Thompson and Arthur L. Andrews till January 1, 1896, his son George W. also becoming a member of the latter firm in December, 1887. January 1, 1896, Mr. Stedman and his son formed the present firm of Stedman & Stedman. Mr. Stedman was the nominee on the Republican ticket for State senator and in 1893 for delegate to the State Constitutional Convention, but was defeated by small majorities. He has taken a very active interest in the affairs of the town of Colonie, where he has lived many years and drafted the law by which the town was separated from Watervliet and has since been its legal adviser. Upon the separation the committee in charge of the matter suggested several names for the new town, but finally left it to the pleasure of Mr. Stedman to name the new town, which he did, giving it the present name of Colonie. He is president of the New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education (the legal body of the Rochester Theological Seminary) and the Hudson River Baptist Association north, a trustee of Colgate University and Emmanuel Baptist church of Al- bany, and prominent in Baptist circles. In 1863 he married Adda, daughter of the late George A. Woolverton, of Albany, and they have four sons: George Woolverton, Frank White (see sketch elesewhere in this volume), John Porter and Charles Summer. George W. Stedman, born in Albany, September 9, 1864, was graduated from the Albany Academy in 1883 and from Rochester University in 1885 (is president of his class), read law with Stedman, Thompson & Andrews, and was graduated from the Albany Law School with first honors and admitted to the bar in 1887. Since December 1887, he has been associated in practice with his father. On the formation of the town of Colonie (June 7, 1895), he became a justice of the peace and a member of the town board. He is a trustee of Colgate University and was the first president of the Alumni of the Albany Academy, an office he has held since its formation in 1895. John Porter Stedman, born in Watervliet (now Colonie) April 7, 1872, wasgraduated from the Albany Academy in 1890, and has since been interested with his brother, Frank W., in the coal business. Charles S. Stedman was born in Colonie, November 6, 1874, was graduated from the Albany Academy in 1893 and from Brown University in 1896, and is now a law student with his father and brother. While at Brown University he was editor-in-chief of the Brown Daily Herald and a correspondent of the Boston Globe and Albany Journal. These sons have a peculiar relation to the war of the Revolution, for while Silvanus Wilcox, the great-great-grandfather of these four brothers, was participating in the battle of Saratoga, his son, afterward known as General Wilcox, their great-grandfather, was in the battle of Oriskany.
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