The index of all articles ever published in our twice-yearly publication<North Country Notes is now online. It will be a fantastic resource for researchers. See it here: ONLINE INDEX
With permissions from the authors, the Clinton County Historical Association is now able to offer a selection of publications about Clinton County history online. If you have an article that you would like to offer to the Association, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles are either published online or added to the Museum's research files.
Penelope D. Clute
Written for the County Legal History Project of the Historical Society of the New York Courts. The County Legal History Project of the Historical Society of the New York Courts was launched to document the local legal history of the counties of New York State: the legal figures, cases and events that helped shape the histories of these places."
The Historical Society of the New York Courts
County Legal History : Clinton County
The Samuel de Champlain passed along the shore in 1609, but the first European settler came in 1763. Clinton County was created in 1788 in a split from Washington County. Courts were established immediately, but there were no attorneys, so businessmen served as judges. The first attorney came in 1795, then one and two at a time in 1797, 1802, 1805, 1808 and succeeding years. Clinton County's legal history includes many notable figures, including Reuben H. Walworth, who came to Clinton County as a young attorney in 1810 and later served as Chancellor of New York from 1828-48, Court of Appeals Judge Henry T. Kellogg and Smith M. Weed, attorney, politician, and advisor to presidents. Other important figures are little-known, such as Children's Court Judge Luella R. North, who was not an attorney, but was one of only three women in the state elected to the new Children's Court in 1923. She is still the only female county-level judge in Clinton County's history. The first female attorneys came in 1978. See the article here: