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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Theodore E. Hancock

Hon. Theodore E. Hancock was born in 1847, in the town of Granby, Oswego Co. , N. Y. He is a descendant on his mother's side from Roger Williams. His paternal ancestors were natives of Massachusetts, from which State his father emigrated about 1836 to Oswego county. He attended the public schools and the Falley Seminary, where he prepared for college. He entered the Wesleyan University in 1867, and was graduated with honors in 1871. While at college he was a diligent stu dent of the classics and mathematics and showed great skill in logic and debate. After leaving the University he studied law in the office of the Hon. Edward T. Bartlett, now judge of the Court of Appeals. He also took a course of study in the Columbia Law School of New York and in 1873 was admitted to practice in all the courts of this State. He chose Syracuse, N. Y., as his home and commenced his practice there. He met with great success and for many years he has been the senior member of the firm of Hancock, Beach, Peck & Devine, now Hancock, Hogan, Beach & Devine. In 1889 he was elected district attorney for the term of three years. In 1893 he was nominated to the office of attorney-general of New York State and was elected by a majority of 21,290. He assumed office January 1, 1894, and in 1895 was re-elected by a plurality of 94,758. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.

In 1880 he married Martha B. Connolly, of Pittsburg. Pa., and they have two sons and one daughter.

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