John G. Milburn
|John G. Milburn|
Milburn in 1901
November 14, 1851|
|Died||August 11, 1930
|Employer||Carter, Ledyard & Milburn|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Patty Stocking|
John George Milburn (December 14, 1851 – August 11, 1930) was a prominent lawyer in Buffalo, New York and New York City, a president of the New York City Bar Association, and a partner at the law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn.
Milburn was born on December 14, 1851 near Sunderland, England in 1851, the son of a civil engineer. In his youth, he studied civil engineering at the insistence of his father. However, at the age of eighteen his sister wrote to him from Batavia, New York urging him to emigrate to America, which he did the following year.
In 1867, he arrived in Batavia to study law with the firm of Wakeman & Watson. Though he was initially denied entrance to the bar because he was not an American citizen, several influential acquaintances successfully petitioned the New York State Legislature for an exception based on his intention to seek citizenship. He was granted admission to the bar in 1874. Milburn moved to Buffalo, New York in 1876 and practiced law alone until 1879, when he formed the law firm Sprague, Milburn & Sprague with Hon. E.C. Sprague and Henry W. Sprague. In 1882, after a year in Denver, Colorado, Milburn returned to Buffalo to form the law firm Rogers, Locke & Milburn with Sherman Rogers and Francis Locke.
Citizen of Buffalo
Milburn was a prominent citizen of Buffalo, serving as president of the Buffalo Club, a member of the executive board of the Buffalo Public Library, and a trustee of the Erie County and City Hall in Buffalo. He was also a prominent Democrat and a personal friend of Grover Cleveland.
Milburn is perhaps best known as the chairman of the Pan-American Exposition, the 1901 World’s Fair in Buffalo. After President William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Exposition on September 5, 1901, he was brought to Milburn’s home where he later died. The house became a popular tourist site, before it was converted into a hotel and later demolished in 1957.
In 1904, at the invitation of the prominent attorney Lewis Cass Ledyard, Milburn joined the New York City law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Robbins, which became Carter, Ledyard & Milburn upon his joining. There, Milburn represented many high-profile clients, including Standard Oil, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Metropolitan Street Railway. He also served as president of the New York City Bar Association from 1920 to 1921.
- Mark Goldman. High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1983.
- “John G. Milburn Dead in London; Famous New York Lawyer Stricken at Claridge’s in 79th Year.” ‘’The New York Times’’. August 12, 1930.
- “Milburn Home, Where President M’Kinley Died, Is an Object of Interest These Days.” Buffalo Courier 21 Oct. 1901.
- “The Milburn Home.” New York Times 7 Sept. 1901
- Truman C. White (ed). “Milburn, John G..” Our County and Its People. Vol. 2. [n.p.]: Boston History, 1898: part III, p. 33