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Detrick, Calvin 89

Doyle, Hon. Ed want P 75

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Muller, Fd ward M

Mulligan, James E

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Randolph, Rev. D. B. F

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Stephens, Hon. Stephen D

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Atlantic Inn 174

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STEPHEN DOVER STEPHENS, the county judge and surro-
gate of Richmond county, was born beneath the shad-
ow of the court-house at Richmond on the i9th day
of April, 1845. His father and paternal ancestors for
three generations back were born in New York city,
his mother and maternal ancestors being natives of
Staten Island. Judge Stephens pursued his prepara-
tory studies at Trinity School, New York city, subse -
quently passed with honor through the several de-
partments of Columbia College, and in 1866 he was
graduated from that institution with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. Subsequentlv he entered Colum-
bia College L,aw School, and in 1868 was graduated there-
from with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In the fol-
lowing year he received the degree of Master of Arts.
He immediately entered upon the practice of the law
and continued in active practice until he was elevated
to his present position.

In politics, Judge Stephens is a Democrat. In 1873,
he was elected to represent Richmond county in the
Assembly of 1874, and served on the important com-
mittee on railroads and also that of villages. In
1874, he was again elected to represent the county
in the Assembly of 1875, and that year served as
chairman of the committee on villages and also as
a member of the committee on railroads and pub-
lic lands. In the " L,ife Sketches" of 1875, we
find this said of him: "Mr. Stephens is an active and
energetic young man and represents the county of
Richmond for the second time. He is a finely educated
gentleman, a good public speaker, and, owing to his in-
dustrious habits and executive ability, is exceedingly
valuable in the details of legislation and committee
work. "

In 1 88 1, Mr. Stephens was elected to his present
position over Tompkins Westervelt, the Republican
candidate, by a handsome majority; and in 1887, he
was re-elected, practically without opposition, the Re-
publicans making no nomination against him. During

County Judge and Surrogate.


his twelve years of service as county judge and surro-
gate, some of the most important cases which have
ever arisen in Richmond county have been before him.
Rarely has an appeal from his decisions been taken,
and never has he been reversed by the court of last
resort, the court of appeals.

He is a member of the Episcopal denomination and
is a regular attendant at old St. Andrew's, at Rich-
mond, in which church he was brought up, and where
his ancestors worshipped before him.

In 1884, Judge Stephens married Agnes L,. L,asar, of
Brooklyn, a descendant of the old Pitkin family of Con-
necticut. The union has proved a most happy one and
two sons have been born to them, viz: Stephen D.,
Junior, and Richmond, the latter having been named
after the county and the place of Judge Stephens'
birth, for which he has always maintained the greatest

Happy in his domestic life, with an unsullied fami-
ly history and with an unimpeachable record of his
own, both in private and public life. Judge Stephens
may well be classed as one of the most prominent men
in Richmond county.

Sheriff of Richmond County.


EDWARD M. MULLER was born in the city of New York,
Jan. 28th, 1864. His first school days were spent in old
Grammar school No. 29, from which he was graduated
with honors, and then entered the College of the City
of New York, where he took a commercial course.

After leaving college, he at once received a respon-
sible position in the service of the Delaware, L,acka-
wanna and Western Railroad Company, and is now in
business with his father as transportation agents.

Mr. Muller gained considerable prominence in
school circles, during his boyhood days, on account of
his ability to master his sttidies, and his talents
which were then carefully cultivated and guarded,
have indeed developed into rare business qualifica-
tions. He is a fine accountant, and ranks as an able
mathematician. He has travelled considerably, and it
is said in financial circles that he has handled as
much money in his business career as any man of age
in the great metropolis. Mr. Muller's knowledge of
the railroads of this country is very large.

He was elected sheriff of Richmond county, as a
Democrat, in 1891, and is the youngest sheriff that
has ever been elected in the county of Richmond, and
in fact in the state of New York. He has instituted
many reforms in the sheriff's office, and has been re-
peatedly complimented by the judiciary and the
grand jury on the efficient manner in which he has
conducted his office.

Personally, Mr. Muller is a man whose friendship is
valued by all who bear his acquaintance; cool and col-
lected, but with a heart filled with warm impulses;
with a mind clear and determined as to his line of
duty; with a character above reproach and an integrity
that no one will question; with pure intentions, and
with the laudable ambition of doing right under all


District- Attorney.


THOS. W. FITZGERALD was born in New York, September
ist, 1854. He was educated in the New York common
schools and the College of the City of New York.

He entered the law office of the late Francis N.
Bangs, November ist, 1871, with whom he remained
until Jantiary i6th, 1884.

In 1872, he moved to Staten Island, and has resided
here ever since. He was admitted to the bar in 1875
and practised in the office where he studied until 1884,
when he left to accept the position of clerk of the
court of the city of New York, but still continued
the practice of his profession. He was appointed by
President Cleveland, a member of the board of pension
appeals, in 1887.

In March 1889, he was appointed secretary of the
board of police commissioners of Richmond county,
a position which he held until January 1890, when he
resigned to assume the duties of district-attorney, an
office to which he had been elected the previous
November, and to which he was re-elected in Novem-
ber 1892, by the largest majority ever given any per-
son for that office. He will be a member of the Con-
stitutional Convention to meet in Albany in May
1894. Among the important cases which he has tried
and brought to a successful issue during his term
of office are the following: People vs. Emmons,
murder; People vs. Kinsella, manslaughter; People vs.
Mahoney, arson and several others.

Mr. Fitzgerald has always been a Democrat, has been
for many years a member of the Democratic county
committee, and has often been elected delegate to the
state conventions, and for the past three years has
been vice-chairman of the Democratic General Com-
mittee. He has made quite a reputation in all parts of
the state as a campaign speaker, and is well known
in the county as an earnest and forcible advocate of
the principles of his party.

County Treasurer.


No young man in Richmond county has been called
upon to perform more responsible duties or has per-
formed them with more credit to himself than County
Treasurer Matthew S. Tully.

Mr. Tully, eldest son of the late County Treasurer
James Tully, was born in New Brighton, Nov. 29th,
1865, and received a thorough education in. the schools
of the Island. At the early age of twenty-two he
was appointed tax-receiver, and a few months later,
on the death of his father, in February 1888, Mr. Tully
being the eldest son, not only assumed charge of the
large business left by his father, but was appointed
county treasurer to serve out his father's unexpired

Before Mr. Tully's first term of office he had so fully
demonstrated his ability and fitness for the office that
he was made the regular Democratic nominee for re-
election to the same office; and was the only candidate
on the ticket who was elected. His campaign was a
model one, being entirely free from "mud slinging."

Mr. Tully instituted a new system of handling the
public moneys, whereby he can at any time, within a
few moments, ascertain the exact financial condition
of the county. He also arranged a list of back taxes
which greatly facilitated their collector and brought
over $40,000 into the treasury. His business methods
so pleased the board of supervisors, that, after aud-
iting his accounts in 1890, they adopted a resolution
complimenting him on his system of keeping the ac-
counts of the office, and the correctness of his books.

In 1891, he was again given the Democratic nomina-
tion without opposition and easily won the victory over
"his opponent.

Very few persons are aware of the amount of money
passing through this office. During the past seven
years it has amounted to about $2,500,000, the receipts
of taxes and road money, are nearly $400,000 annually,
and so carefully have the books been kept that they
show where every penny of this large amount has gone
and for what it has been expended.

Mr. Tully has been as successful in his private busi-
ness relations as in his official career.

School Commissioner.


JOHN J KENNEV, the eldest son of Patrick and Mary
Kenney, was born in New York city, March 2nd, 1858.
He removed with his family to Staten Island, when
six weeks old, and has even since resided here. He
was educated in the best public schools of the county,
taking a high rank from the first, as a quick and in-
telligent student. After graduating, he began life as
a teacher in the Madison avenue public school, in
New Brighton, and taught for nearly three years.
He then entered the law office of the late Tompkins
Westervelt, county judge of Richmond county; was ad-
mitted to the bar at Brooklyn, Feb. i2th, 1880, after
which he established an office in New Brighton, Staten
Island, and has since enjoyed a lucrative practice.

In July 1882, he was elected clerk of the village of
New Brighton, which position he filled with entire
satisfaction to the board of trustees for nine years.
He resignedjuly 25th, 1891, in order to give more atten-
tion to the practice of the law.

He was elected school commissioner of Richmond
County in Nov. 1887, and administered the office with
such entire satisfaction to the public that he was re-
elected in 1890, receiving the largest majority of any
candidate on the ticket.

He has been especially devoted and energetic in the
performance of his duties as school commissioner.
Under his supervision there has been a constant im-
provement in the government and management of
schools. He inaugurated in this county, the system
of uniform examination for teachers' licenses, which
has resulted in producing a better class of teachers,
and abolished the system by which licenses were is-
sued as a favor and frequently with the merest pre-
tense of examination. School buildings have received
his attention to the extent of securing new buildings
of modern design and great value. His vigorous work
secured new buildings at Port Richmond, West Brigh-
ton, Graniteville, Garretsons, Giffords, New Springville
and Richmond.

In spite of Mr. Kenney's popularity with all classes,
he still remains unmarried.

Member of Assembly,


THE HON. HUBBARD R. YETMAN was born in Monmouth
county, New Jersey, in 1847, an( i was educated in the
high school at Freehold. When scarcely fifteen years
of age he enlisted in the i4th Regt. N. Y. Vols., and
went to the front as drummer boy. He remained un-
til his regiment was mustered out at the close of the
war, and was in a number of severe engagements. He,
however, escaped without any serious injury. On his
return from the army he settled at Tottenville, and
tavight in the public schools for fifteen years. During
this time he was elected to the office of justice of the
peace for several terms and also represented several
instirance companies for which he secured a large

In 1888, he received the Democratic nomination of
member of assembly and was elected by a heavy
majority. He was again elected to the assembly in
1891 and 1892, in both instances receiving large
majorities. During each of Mr. Yetman's terms in the
assembly he was honored by important committee

Among the important laws passed during Mr. Yet-
man's three terms as a member of the legislature,
affecting Richmond county, were the following:

To settle the boundary line in the Kill von Kull,
between the states of New York and New Jersey.

To establish a board of cotinty assessors.

To establish a board of county excise commission-

To change the senatorial and congressional districts.

To tax the property known as Sailors' Snug Harbor.

To amend the laws relating to water supply for

To extend the terms of supervisors to two years and
fix the salary at $1,000 per year.

To extend the term of police commissioners to five

To increase the police force of the covtnty.

To cede to the United States property adjoining
Fort Wadsworth.

To create a fund for pensioning retired police officers.

Mr. Yetman was married, in 1870, to Miss Sarah Jo-
line, of Tottenville, and has four children: Laura,
Arthur, Grace and Willie.

for Southfield and Chairman of the Board.


NATHANIEL MARSH, the eldest son of the late Nathaniel
Marsh, a former president of the Erie railroad, was
born and reared in the Marsh homestead, at Clifton,
one of the most stately houses on the hills over-
looking New York bay. He is a graduate of Princeton
College and of Columbia Law School, head of the law
firm of Marsh & Bull, 19 Broadway, New York city, and
has been for several years counsel to the board of health.

His first official position was that of trustee from the
vSouthfield ward of the village of Edgewater, and largely
through his efforts the village debt, amounting to
$100,000, was paid off and the credit of the village raised
to the highest point.

During his term as supervisor for his town, he has
seen the interest on. the bonded indebtedness descend
from seven per cent., with bonds at a discount, to three
or three and a half per cent, and selling at the pre-
mium a change that has been wrought largely through
kis excellent financial ability.

Mr. Marsh is now serving his fourteenth consecutive
year as supervisor of the town of Southfield, and for
thirteen years of this time he has been unanimously
chosen by his associates in the board as their chair-
man, a record which is probably uneqvialed by any man
in the state of New York. During his long connec-
tion with the board of stipervisors, Mr. Marsh has rarely
missed a meeting except when absent from the
county. More than any other man connected with the
board, Mr. Marsh has given his time and talent to
carry on the business incident to his position and to
carry out the many improvements and reforms con-
nected with the affairs of our county. The success of
the new county road law, and the construction of
nearly thirty miles of the finest roads have been
largely due to the untiring efforts of Mr. Marsh.

Mr. Marsh has also, since June 1889, been the police
magistrate of the village of Edgewater, a position which
he has filled to the great satisfaction of all law abid-
ing citizens, and the gratifying decrease of crime in
the community is largely due to the manner in which
Mr. Marsh has conducted this important office.

In addition to these public offices, Mr. Marsh is one
of the oldest directors of the Staten Island Railway, a
director and member of the executive committee of
the Richmond County Gas Light Company, of which
corporation he is likewise counsel, is one of the origi-
nal members of the Staten Island Cricket and Base Ball
Club, and is now the president of the Clifton Boat Club,
vice-president of the Clifton Tennis Club, and a member
of the S. I. Athletic Club.

Supervisor for Westfield.


ABRAM COLE comes of a long- line of Staten Island an-
cestors, his great-great-grandfather, Isaac Cole, having
been one of the early settlers on the Island and the
owner of a large tract of land at Prince's Bay. Mr. Cole
was born in 1856 and is the fourth generation of his
family bearing the name of Abram, and is the manager
of the large lumber and coal business, established by
his father in 1857, near Tottenville, at what is
known as Weir's Mills.

At the death of Mr. Cole's father which occurred in
September 1876, the business descended to his sons
and is now carried on under the firm, name of Cole
Bros., the members of which, beside Mr. Cole, are his-
brothers, Jacob W. and James T.

Mr. Cole was educated in the public school of
Tottenville, after which he took a course of study
at the Polytechnic Instittite in Brooklyn. He
has always been an active Republican, and, although
never courting office, has been, by the urgency
of his party, kept almost continuously in office for the
past nine years, having been three times elected to the
office of town clerk and for six successive years elected
to the office of sxipervisor, which office he still holds,
of a town almost uniformly polling a Democratic vote
at state elections.

When Mr. Cole began his first term as supervisor
he was the youngest supervisor who ever represent-
ed his town, and he has held the office for more con-
secutive years than any other man during the present
generation. He is now, next to Supervisor Marsh, the
senior member of the board, in length of service.
From the fact that ever since Mr. Cole has been in the
board of supervisors he has been the only Republican
in the board he has acquired the title of the "lone

Mr. Cole's strength lies not so much in his politics
as in the fact that he always brings to bear oil questions
of public policy the same sound principles that he
applies to his own business.

Mr. Cole has often been earnestly urged by his party
to accept the nomination for the . more important
county offices and for member of assembly, believing
that his popularity and well-known ability and integrity
would enable the party to overcome the large Demo-
cratic majority, btit he has uniformly refused the most
tempting offers.

Mr. Cole was married in 1880 to Blanche, only daugh-
ter of Capt. Abel Martin, of Tottenville, by whom he
has two sons. Ralph M., aged 10 years, and Chester A.,
aged 12 years.

Supervisor for Castleton.


JAMES E. MULLIGAN, eldest son of the late Edward
Mulligan, was born in Columbia county in 1845. Soon
after his birth, the family moved to Troy, N. Y., his
father having been appointed assistant to the super-
intendent of the New York Central and Hudson River

In 1853, the family moved to Staten Island, where
James, then a lad of eight, was sent to the New Brigh-
ton public school, the same school of which he was
afterward trustee for seventeen years.

In 1874, he formed a co-partnership with his present
partner, Patil F. Brazo, in the painting, decorating and
paper-hanging business. In 1881, the firm established
a store at Long Branch, N. J., where it is doing
perhaps the largest business of the kind in the state,
giving employment to from sixty to seventy men.
It has also a third store at Sea Bright, N. J.

The firm has always been known for its energy and
"push," for artistic taste in selecting goods, for
promptness in executing orders, and excellent and
thorough manner of doing its work.

Mr. Mulligan was a member of the second excise
board ever elected in the town of Castleton. He was a
strenuous high license man, but, owing to the fact
that the other members of the board were less pro-
gressive in their ideas, he was unable to affect any re-
form, and refused re-election.

In 1890, he was appointed a member of the board of
health, of the village of Castleton, and made one of
the most efficient presidents the board ever had.

On the resignation in 1892, of Robert Moore, who had
held the office of supervisor of the town of Castleton
for many years, Mr. Mulligan was appointed to fill the
vacancy, and, at the expiration of the term, he was re-
flected for the term of two years.

On his appointment to fill the unexpired term of Mr.
Moore, the Richmond County Herald said:

"Mr. Mulligan's broadmindedness, upon matters af-
fecting the welfare of all classes, together with his

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