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and most successful effort of his life, both
as an exhibition of eloquent and wonder-
ful oratory and as an argumentative and
logical display." The "Troy Times"
voiced the general opinion in the follow-

The argument of Mr. Goodelle is exhaustive.
It covers the whole ground of objections. And
is so grounded in common sense and so grandly
sustains the chivalrous, sentimental sentiment
and conception of woman's true relation to soci-
ety and the State, that it may be pronounced
unanswerable. Sophistry may assail it and per-
sonal ambition decry it, but as a just and accu-
rate presentation of woman's cause, a summary
of her rights, achieved through the steady
advance of civilization, the high position which
has been accorded her because of the recognized
and steadily growing importance of her posi-
tion in the State, it is complete.

The address was pronounced by lead-
ing members of the convention "the most
classical and finished that was made
before the body." Mr. Goodelle received
many congratulatory letters and tele-
grams from people prominent throughout
New York, upon his speech on this oc-
casion. He took an active part in the
framing of the new laws, and was the
champion of many other progressive
measures and much needed amendments
during the progress of this convention,
and was an influential factor in molding
the policy of State.

Prior to 1894 applicants for admission
to the bar appeared before an examining
committee in each judicial district, and
for several years Mr. Goodelle had been
a member of this committee in his district.
At the date mentioned above, ptirsuant
to an act of the Legislature, a State
Board of Law Examiners was appointed
by the Court of Appeals, with full and
absolute authority to accept or reject

applicants for admission to the bar from
any part of the State. Mr. Goodelle was
appointed a member of this board, was
chosen its president, and is still the in-
cumbent of this office. During his activ-
ity, despite the strict standard of exami-
nations set in this State, more than six-
teen thousand applicants have received
their permits from the board to practice
law. It was recently estimated that fifty
])er cent, of the practicing lawyers of New
York gained admission to the bar during
the administration of Mr. Goodelle as
president of the examiners. He was
president of the Onondaga County Bar
Association for twelve years, and then
declined further service in this office.
Recently he was elected referee by the
State Bar Association to settle all dis-
putes between members. In February,
1905, Mr. Goodelle was appointed by the
State Bar Association as its counsel and
representative to prosecute charges
against Warren B. Hooker, justice of the
Supreme Court, for his removal from
office for malfeasance. The preliminary
investigations of the charges before the
Assembly Judiciary Committee (required
under the constitution) took about four
weeks. The Assembly Committee su-
stained the informal charges. Formal
charges were then preferred to the Senate
with the recommendation that Mr.
Hooker be put on trial upon the charges.
Mr. Goodelle appeared as counsel for the
State Bar Association at the trial before
the Senate and Assembly. The trial
lasted about three weeks and resulted in a
respectable majority voting for the re-
moval, but the required affirmative two-
thirds vote for removal was not obtained.
Mr. Goodelle bore the brunt of the con-
test with the same force and ability
which attended the discharge of the other
important duties which had been en-
trusted to him. In January, 1906, he was
appointed by the State Bar Association



to represent the Fifth Judicial District on
a committee of the association to lend
its efforts in securing the nomination and
election of worthy candidates for justices
of the Supreme Court throughout the
State, and to prevent unworthy candi-
dates from, being elected or selected,
which position he still holds. Upon the
death of Dean Huffcut in 1907, at the
time private counsel to Governor Hughes,
Mr. Goodelle was appointed by President
Choate of the association, as chairman of
the State grievance committee, to fill the
vacancy caused by the death. At the next
January meeting of the association, he
was reelected as a member of the griev-
ance committee, and again designated as
its chairman. It may be said that this
committee is by far the most important
of the committees of the association, and
one on which heavy responsibilities de-
volve. It acts at all times independently,
and mainly from the direction and advice
of its chairman. Its efforts and purpose
are to elevate and maintain not only the
moral standard of the members of the
profession throughout the State, but of
the judiciary as well, as evidenced in the
Hooker case, which was under the charge
of the grievance committee.

In January, 1907, the Bar Association
directed the appointment of a committee
to consider abuses in the profession and
to report at its January meeting, 1908.
Mr. Goodelle was appointed from this
district with many eminent associates in
the profession. The report of that com-
mittee having been unanimously adopted
by the association, the same committee
was reappointed to force to passage the
proposed amendments, of which Mr.
Goodelle has personal charge.

Mr. Goodelle married, September 8,
1869, Marian H. Averill, of Baldwinsville,
New York, who died in April, 1901, leav-
ing an only child, Una Mae. The family
is very prominent socially, and the doors

of their beautiful and hospitable home on
James street are always open to their
many friends. He is endowed with the
ability of putting aside absolutely all his
professional problems when he enters
upon the social side of his career, this
happy faculty indicating his thoroughly
well balanced mind. Equipped by nature
with high intellectual qualities, to which
are added the discipline and embellish-
ments of culture, his is a most attractive
personality. Well versed in the learning
of his profession, and with a deep knowl-
edge of human nature and the springs of
human conduct, with great shrewdness,
sagacity and extraordinary tact, he is in
the courts an advocate of great power and
influence. Both judges and juries always
listen to him with attention and deep

GANNON, Frank Stanislaus, Jr.,


Frank S. Gannon, Jr., one of the suc-
cessful lawyers of New York City, has
made his way to an eminent position at
the bar, through native ability, reinforced
by studious application. He is a grand-
son of John and Mary (Clancy) Gannon,
of Irish birth, who established themselves
in Spring Valley, New York, in the early
part of the nineteenth century. His.
father, Frank Stanislaus Gannon, was
born September 16, 1851, at Spring Val-
ley, and educated in the public schools
of Port Jervis, New York. At the age
of seventeen years he entered the service
of the Erie railroad as a telegraph oper-
ator, in which he continued from, 1868 to
1870. Following this he was with the
Midland railroad, now the New York,
Susquehanna & Western, a part of the
Erie system, serving in the various capa-
cities of clerk, terminal agent and train
dispatcher, from 1870 to 1875, and later,
until 1881, master of transportation on



the Long Island railroad. In the latter
year he was supervisor of trains on the
Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and from 1881
to 1886 general superintendent of the
New York City & Northern railroad.
From 1886 to 1894 he was general super-
intendent, and from 1894 to 1896 general
manager of the Staten Island Transit
railway. From 1893 to 1896 he was presi-
dent of that railroad, and from 1900 to
1906 general superintendent of the New
York division of the Baltimore & Ohio
railway. He was subsequently third
vice-president and general manager of the
Southern railway ; president and director
of the Norfolk & Southern railroad in
1909; president of the Montana, Wyom-
ing & Southern railroad ; Virginia & Caro-
lina Coast railroad, Atlantic & North
Carolina railroad, Pamlico, Oriental &
Western railroad. He is a director of the
New York City railway, Broadway &
Seventh Avenue railroad. Forty-second
Street & Grand Street Ferry railroad,
Fulton Street railroad. Thirty-fourth
Street Crosstown railway, Twenty-third
Street railway, Twenty-eighth & Twenty-
ninth Street Crosstown railroad. He is a
director of the Metropolitan Securities
Company, and the Immigrant Industrial
Savings Bank of New York. He married,
in Jersey City, September 24, 1874,
Marietta Burrows. They are the parents
of a large family of sons : Frank Stanis-
laus, John W., James A., Gregory, Ed-
ward, Albert, Robert and Benedictine.

Frank Stanislaus Gannon, Jr., was born
December 16, 1877, in Long Island City,
and in youth was a student of public
schools of New York. Entering St.
Francis Xavier College of New York, he
was graduated Bachelor of Arts 1898,
Master of Arts 1899. In 1900 he gradu-
ated from the New York Law School
with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and
was at once admitted to the bar. He
gained a legal experience in the offices

of Tracy, Boardman & Piatt, of New
York City, where he continued three
years, at the end of which period he be-
came a member of the law firm of
Murphy, Curry & Gannon. After one
year the senior partner withdrew, and the
firm became Gannon & Curry, and in
1907 was formed a new law partnership
under the style of Gannon, Seirbert &
Riggs. This association has enjoyed a
liberal share of the law practice of the
metropolis. He is a member of the
Roman Catholic church, with his family,
and is independent of party dictation in
political action. He is a member of the
American Bar Association, New York
Bar Association, and the Association of
the Bar of the City of New York, of the
Lawyers' Club of New York City, Rich-
mond Country Club, Staten Island
Cricket Club, Catholic Club, Westchester
Golf Club and the Mummers, and of the
Xavier Alumni Association, Xavier So-
dality, and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
He married, April 5, 1910, Frances,
daughter of Michael Foley, of New Jer-
sey, and they are the parents of two chil-
dren : Frank Stanislaus (3), born July,
1912, at St. George, Staten Island, and
Marietta, born August, 1913, in Living-
ston, Staten Island. The home of the
family is now on Bard avenue, Living-
ston, Staten Island.


CHASE, Austin C,

Man of Affairs.

The phenomenal growth of many
American cities is due, in large measure,
to the enterprise and intense energy of a
comparatively small number of men.
To them is due the inception of work that
employs thousands, and the organization
and continuance of those great combina-
tions which set industry to work on the
vast material resources of the country.
In their imagination first take shape


those movements which are the steps of
progress, and many of the developments
along the higher levels of human
achievement are made possible by the
immensity of the flood of business at the
present day. Of such men, whose acts
have been written large over their home
town, Austin C. Chase may be considered

Austin C. Chase, who at the present
time (191 5), although eighty-one years
old, is in his usual health and spirits,
actively engaged in business, serving as
trustee and advisor of the Chase Motor
Truck Company. He was born in the
town of Whitefield, New Hampshire,
November 16, 1834. He attended the
common schools of the neighborhood, and
when seventeen years of age, being am-
bitious and resolute, he went to Boston,
Massachusetts, to learn the trade of
piano maker, and when twenty-one years
of age removed to Syracuse, New York,
where he began the sale and manufacture
of musical instruments, which business
he continued for thirty years, in connec-
tion with many other lines of thought
and work. He was an extensive builder,
having erected large blocks and very
many dwellings, and he also developed
one of the finest tracts in Syracuse for
first-class residential purposes, on Univer-
sity Hill. He has also been an extensive
farmer, owning the old homestead at
Whitefield, New Hampshire, where he
spends his summers, and on which he has
made extensive improvements, and he is
also the owner of one of the finest farms
in Onondaga county, New York, com-
prising six hundred and fifty acres,
whereon is to be found the finest thor-
oughbred stock. In July, 1882, he was
elected president of the Chilled Plow
Company, when that institution was in
very straightened circumstances and its
affairs in an unsatisfactory condition, and
under his management it was placed on

a firm footing, paid very satisfactory
dividends and its business was largely
increased. In addition to this position of
trust, Mr. Chase was appointed trustee
and advisor of the Chase Motor Truck
Company, trustee and vice-president of
the Syracuse Savings Bank, president of
the Lakeside Boulevard Association,
president of the Homoeopathic Hospital,
trustee of the Onondaga Orphan Asy-
lum^ trustee of St. Joseph's Hospital,
trustee of the New York State Experi-
ment Station, superintendent of the
State Fair, treasurer and member of the
executive board of the New York State
Agricultural Society, member of the
executive committee of the New York
State Board of Trade, chairman of the
finance committee of the Bureau of Labor
and Charities, member of the Chamber of
Commerce of New York State, member
of the Republican Club of New York
City, supervisor of the Sixth Ward in
1875, but resigned in 1880 to accept the
position of postmaster of Syracuse, in
which capacity he served for almost nine
}ears ; and inspector of rifle practice, with
the rank of lieutenant-colonel, on the
Sixth Division Stafif, New York State
National Guard. From childhood Mr.
Chase was a devotee at the shrine of
music, and no one has ever done more —
few as much — to raise the standard or
educate the general public to a better
appreciation of that which is best and
most elevating in this line, giving freely of
his time and money to make it possible
for the music-loving public to listen to
the works of the great masters. Mr.
Chase is a man of genial attributes and
kindly ways, and throughout his entire
career has had the general good of the
community ever at heart.

Mr. Chase married (first) September
14, 1859, Harriet M. Stevens, born May
22, 1834, daughter of George Stevens, of
Syracuse, New York. She died March



23, 1866. Mr. Chase married (second)
July 3, 1867, Lavina Bunton, born August
19, 1843. Children of first wife : Henry
M. ; Carleton A., born in Syracuse, New
York, November 25, 1864; William G. ;
and Orrin N.

VAN WYCK, Augustus,

Lawyer, Jnrist, Political Leader.

Augustus Van Wyck, former Supreme
Court Justice of New York, and now a
leader of the bar in Greater New York,
derives those qualities which have made
him preeminent in his profession, and a
leader in various lines of endeavor, from
a multitude of ancestors many of whom
belonged to the early Dutch families
which settled in that section. He is de-
scended from Samuel Maverick and Gen-
eral Robert Anderson, two distinguished
representatives of Southern families, who
settled in South Carolina soon after 1630,
and through his mother he inherits those
softer qualities which distinguish South-
ern families, thus combining the practical
strength of the Northland and the charm-
ing manners of the South. Through the
various intermarriages down through the
generations the present descendants of
the Van Wyck family are connected with
most of the old and aristocratic families
of early New York, including those of Van
Cortlandt, Livingston, Van Rensselaer,
Beekman, Hewlett, Lefferts, Lot, Loril-
lard, Ludlow, Polhemus, Governor Sey-
mour and Chancellor James Kent, Stuy-
vesant, Van Vechten, Ver Plant and
others. The name Van Wyck is one of
the many Dutch place names, indicating
the point whence the immigrant came to

The first in this country was Cornelius
Barentse (son of Barent), who was de-
scribed in the early Dutch records as
Van Wyck, that is, from Wyck, a hamlet
in North Brabant, Holland. He came to

America in 1650, settled at Flatbush, was
a member of the Dutch colony there in
1677, and took the oath of allegiance to
the English government in 1687. He was
descended from Chevalier Hendrick Van
Wyck, who lived in 1400. In 1575 Jan
Van Wyck of the council of Utrecht mar-
ried Wyander Van Asch, the last of that
family. She received her brother's prop-
erty provided her descendants would join
the family arms and carry the name Van
Asch Van Wyck. (A descendant, Robert
Anderson Van Wyck, was first mayor of
Greater New York). From her son Jacob,
born at Utrecht, 1584, died 1635, married
Anna Van Rynevelt, the whole Protestant
branch of Van Wycks descend.

Theodorus Van Wyck, son of Cornelius
Barentse Van Wyck, was born Septem-
ber 19, 1668, resided at Great Neck, Long
Island, and was an extensive land holder,
especially in Flushing and Hempstead.
He was justice of the peace under the
king, supervisor of Queens county in
1726, and again justice in 1745. He pre-
sented the first registry book to St.
George's Protestant Episcopal Parish of
Hempstead, Long Island, and, like many
of the Dutch settlers of that day, gave
support for a time to this church until a
Dutch church was organized in his
vicinity, at Jamaica. He married, April
29, 1693, Margareta, daughter of Abra-
ham and Altie (Stryker) Brinckerhofif, of
Newtown, and granddaughter of Joris
and Susanna Brinckerhofif. Their son,
Barent Van Wyck, born March 4, 1703,
died Januar)', 1750, settled at East
Woods, now Woodbury, Long Island,
where he had a large tract of land, and
was one of the firm supporters of the
Dutch church. He married, November
12, 1727, Hannah, daughter of Thomas
Carman, born 1704, died June 9, 1760.
Their third son, Samuel Van W^yck, born
August 4, 1735. died November 6, 1810,
was, with his brother, Abraham, a banker





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of Long Island, and served as assessor of
Oyster Bay. He married, August 30,
1766, Hannah, daughter of Captain John
and Hannah (Jackson) Hewlett, born
July 25, 1733, died May 16, 1808. His
brother, Captain Abraham, Van Wyck,
was a member of the Provincial Militia,
and his sword is still preserved at his
homestead at West Neck, Long Island.
He married Elizabeth Wright, and their
daughter Zeruah vowed slie would never
change her name, and kept her vow by
marrying her cousin, Abraham Van
Wyck, the next mentioned.

Abraham Van Wyck, eldest child of
Samuel and Hannah (Hewlett) Van
Wyck, was born October 21, 1767, and
died January 30, 1852, at West Neck. He
had a large tract of land at Clason Point,
on the main land of New York, but after
his marriage to his cousin, Zeruah Van
Wyck, January 24, 1790, above men-
tioned, he sold his farm for five thousand
pounds, and removed to West Neck,
where he purchased from his uncle and
father-in-law. Captain Abraham Van
Wyck. his homestead, for which he paid
ten thousand dollars. This estate em-
braced five hundred acres, and at that
time about thirty slaves were employed
in its cultivation.

William Van Wyck, youngest son of
Abraham and Zeruah (Van Wyck) Van
Wyck, was born January 24, 1803, and
died June 30, 1867. He resided in New
York City, was a distinguished lawyer,
often in the public service, and a judicial
officer. He married, in 1833, Lydia An-
derson Maverick, of South Carolina, born
in Charleston, in 1814, daughter of Sam-
uel and Elizabeth (Anderson) Maverick,
granddaughter of General Robert Ander-
son, a distinguished soldier in the War of
the Revolution, and a public officer of the
State of South Carolina for over thirty
years, the county of Anderson being
named in his honor, and a descendant of

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John Maverick, who was ainong the earli-
est settlers of Charleston, and whose
brother, Samuel Maverick, settled in Bos-
ton in 1630. ^lembers of the family were
prominent in the affairs of New York
when it passed into the possession of the
Duke of York, and the Southern branch
of the family has been extremely promi-
nent in several States. Samuel Maverick,
father of Mrs. Van Wyck, was born at
Charleston, South Carolina, in 1772, and
his wife was born at Pendleton, Anderson
county. South Carolina. Children : Samuel
Maverick, M. D., died 1861 ; William, died
1887; Zeruah, married Charles Banks,
of New York ; Abraham ; Mary ; and a
second Abraham, died in infancy ; Au-
gustus and Robert A., who receive further
mention in this work ; Lydia Ann Maver-
ick, married General Robert Hoke, of
Raleigh, North Carolina ; Benjamin
Stevens, a physician, died in 1888.

Augustus Van Wyck was fitted for
college at Philips Exeter Academy, and
graduated with high honors from the
University of North Carolina. Immedi-
ately after his admittance to the bar, he
entered upon the practice of the law in
New York City, where he quickly gained
clients and a prominent position. Very
early in life he took an interest in political
affairs, and in New York City he became
head of the reorganized Democracy,
which movement led to the nomination
of Grover Cleveland for Governor. Mr.
Van Wyck conducted the campaign
which resulted in Mr. Cleveland's elec-
tion, and for twelve years the power of
Democracy thus regained continued in
the State. Mr. Van Wyck was a delegate
to the National Convention, representing
Kings county, and through his influence
the delegates from that section remained
firm in support of Mr. Cleveland for the
presidential nomination, and thus se-
cured that happy result. Again Mr. Van
\^'vck took charge of the campaign which


resulted in the triumph of his candidate.
Subsequently he was elected to the
bench, and continued as justice of the
Supreme Court until he resigned to be-
come the standard bearer of his party in
the State campaign, as a candidate against
Theodore Roosevelt for Governor. Judge
Van Wyck was especially fitted by nature
and training for his position upon the
bench, which was most congenial to him,
and it was with regret that he left it, but
■was compelled to do so by his sense of
duty to his party, as he seemed to be the
only available candidate in that campaign.
After the close of the campaign he re-
sumed his practice at the bar, and has
since vigorously and successfully con-
tinued in charge of many important cases.
He has refused several nominations
which would have restored him to the
bench, and can now be seen daily in our
courts conducting a general practice.
He occupies a high position before all the
courts of the State, both trial and appel-
late, as well as the United States courts.
Judge Van Wyck was chief counsel for
Senator Conger in the trial of his charges
against Senator Allds, who was im-
peached by the State Senate, and secured
the latter's conviction, which is a most
unique exception to the usual result of
such trials, to the great and lasting honor
of the Senate of the State. Less than
three months before the trial. Senator
Allds had been elected as president pro
tcin. of the Senate, which clothed him with
all the powers of leadership of what was
then the majority party. Judge Van
Wyck has always been active in educa-
tional, charitable, church and social
work, and has served as trustee of
schools, collegiate institutions, and hos-
pitals, and a leading lay member of the
standing committee of the diocese of
Long Island of the Protestant Episcopal
church. He has also been very active in
many social organizations, acting as

president of the New York Holland So-
ciety, the Southern Society, the North

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