ELBERT L. BLAKESLEE, M. D., late a resident of Montrose, was for upwards of twenty years one of the foremost lawyers of the Susquehanna County Bar.
Dr. Blakeslee was born May 15, 1843, at Dimock, Penn., a son of Hiram and Amanda (Whipple) Blakeslee, and grandson of Benjamin Blakeslee, one of the pioneer settlers of Dimock, who came from the State of Connecticut in 1801. As a boy our subject attended the district school of his neighborhood and the Harford and Montrose Academies. The firing on Fort Sumter called out his patriotism, and dropping his studies, he enlisted, becoming a private in Company H, 4th Pennsylvania Reserves. His military service while not long was an honorable one. He was discharged December 31, 1862, with the rank of corporal. In 1865 our subject was graduated from the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, receiving the degree of M. D. After three years of practice at-Brooklvn, Penn., he found the profession not suited to his tastes, and returned to Ann Arbor, entering the Law Department of the University. After engaging in the study of the law there for one term he came to Montrose, and furthered his studies under R. R. Little and Hon. L. F. Fitch, was admitted to the Bar in 1869, and from that time until his death, in 1893, was actively engaged in the practice at Montrose, and was retained in many of the important cases tried at the Susquehanna Bar. He prosecuted and convicted O’Mara in 1874. He defended McCormick, who was convicted of murder in the second degree in 1880, and the same year defended Warren, who was also convicted in the second degree. He also defended Tiffany, who was indicted in 1886 for murder. Dr. Hlakeslee made quite a reputation for himself as a criminal lawyer.
He was a man of culture and poetic inspiration, of generous nature and sympathy, and threw his whole soul into the cause in which he was enlisted. He was eloquent and impressive in argument, and active and ever alert in examining witnesses. He was a very versatile man — in fact a veritable genius, and was a great lover of nature. He delivered the centennial poem on the fair grounds at Montrose, in 1876.
Dr. Blakeslee married Mary E. Little (daughter of the late R. B. Little), of Montrose, who with one son, Elbert L., survives him.
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