Horatio Ballard

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Horatio Ballard (August 1803 - October 8, 1879) was an American lawyer and politician who was New York Secretary of State from January 1, 1862 to December 31, 1863.

Life[edit]

He was born in Homer, New York in 1803 and educated in the Pompey and Cortland Academies.[1] He studied law with Judge Stephens of Cortland and Freeborn G. Jewett of Skaneateles.[1] After being admitted to practice at the age of twenty-four, he partnered with Stephens in Cortland for many years.[1] In 1842, he succeeded Shankland as district attorney.[1] He was a delegate to the 1844 and 1856 Democratic National Conventions.[1] On June 9, 1847, he married Sarah N. Fairchild.[2] He was elected Secretary of State of New York in 1861.[1] He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Cortland Co.) in 1867. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68, playing an important role.[1] He died at his residence in Cortland, N.Y.

References[edit]

  • [2] Obituary transcribed from The Cortland County Democrat, on October 10, 1879
  • [3] Political Graveyard (stating erroneously that he was Consul in Havana, in fact he was nominated, but rejected by the Senate)[3]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Smith, H.P. (1885). History of Cortland Co., New York. 
  2. ^ [1] Marriage notice, transcribed from The Cortland Democrat, on June 9, 1847
  3. ^ "The Havana Consulate". The New York Times. March 12, 1864. 
Political offices
Preceded by
David R. Floyd-Jones
Secretary of State of New York
1862 - 1863
Succeeded by
Chauncey Depew