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Edwin A. Bedell, state reporter of the State of New York, and an honored member of the Bar, died at the Long Island College Hospital, on March 16, 1908.

Mr. Bedell was born in Albany, New York, on October 9, 1853. His education was acquired at the Albany Academy and at the Western College of the Reformed Church, which at that time was in charge of his uncle, Philip Phelps.

Later he became a student in the law office of Peckham & Tremain, in Albany, pursuing his legal studies further at the Albany Law School, from which institution he was graduated in the year 1874, in which year he was also admitted to the Bar.

In the year 1876 Mr. Bedell formed a partnership for the practice of law with Frederick E. Wadhams, of Albany, New York, afterwards becoming associated with the office of the New York state reporter, with which office he was thereafter connected, first as assistant and later as chief, until the time of his death.

In December, 1893, Mr. Bedell was appointed state reporter to succeed Edmond H. Smith, and it is in connection with the work of this office that he is best known to the Bar.

A long experience in the digest of judicial opinions and a remarkable faculty of discrimination enabled him readily to emphasize the vital points decided by the court, so that the head-notes of the cases reported by him contain an accurate summary of the principles and rules construed.

Twenty-nine volumes of the New York reports bear the impress of Mr. Bedell's name as state reporter and certify to the thoroughness and excellence of his work.

Mr. Bedell also found time to give much attention to the study of music, which he loved. For many years he had officiated as organist in the Madison Avenue Reformed Church, of Albany, and in the year 1891 prepared and published a collection of hymns for use in public worship, known as the "Church Hymnary," which obtained instant recognition and favor.

On January 18, 1883, Mr. Bedell married Miss Carrie E.

Sickles, daughter of Hon. Hiram E. Sickles, who with one daughter survives him.

The Court of Appeals, on November 30, 1908, by appropriate entry on their minutes (Vol. 192, New York State Reports), signified the high esteem in which he was held by Bench and Bar.


Charles A. Hess was born in New York City, May 17, 1858, and died there October 26, 1907.

He was a graduate of the New York University Law School in the class of 1879, of which he was the class president, and was admitted to the Bar in the same year.

In 1883 he was appointed an assistant United States attorney, under Elihu Root, and continued to serve the government until the following year, when he resigned to resume his private practice. He soon built up a large and lucrative business, specializing in customs and internal revenue law, in which he was recognized as an authority. He was frequently retained as counsel in cases involving large interests, and argued many important questions in this branch of the law. He likewise had an extensive practice in the state courts and was for many years active as a trial lawyer.

He took a keen interest in public affairs, and until within a few years of his death, was an active member of the Republican party, being for a number of years the Republican leader of his district and a member of the Republican state and county committees. In 1890 he was a candidate for the Municipal Court Bench, and in 1896 the Republican candidate for Congress in the 12th New York Congressional District.

He was also for many years a member of the National Guard of New York, being captain on the staff of General Edwin A. McAlpin.

Mr. Hess was a man of singularly charming and attractive, yet strong and forceful personality. He was of a large and generous spirit. As a lawyer he was alert, keen and resourceful, quick to see the weakness of his adversary's position, and strong in maintaining his own; but he was under all circumstances a fair and

generous foe. He was staunch and unselfish in his friendships, and left a large circle by whom his death was sincerely mourned.


Charles Lytle Lamberton, son of Major Robert and Mary (Harkness) Lamberton, was born at Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, January 4, 1829, and received his education in that place. He studied law under his brother, Robert A. Lamberton, of Harrisburg (later president of Lehigh University), and was admitted to the Bar of Dauphin County in August, 1850. In 1851 he removed to Brookville, Jefferson County, Pa., where he associated himself with Samuel A. Purviance; in 1853 he removed to Clarion, Clarion County, Pa., where he became the partner of James Campbell, afterwards the president judge of the district. In 1851 and 1852 he served on the staff of the governor of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Senate of Pennsylvania in 1862, 1863 and 1864. In 1865 he removed to Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where he was in active practice until 1878. After a trip abroad, on his return in 1879, he took up his residence in New York City, and for some years was engaged in the practice of his profession, traveling, however, quite extensively in this country and abroad.

He took an active part in politics for many years, being a war Democrat.

He married, at Kingston, Ulster County, New York, on September 28, 1863, Miss Anna DeWitt, daughter of Colonel Jacob Hasbrouck and Sarah Ann (Sleight) DeWitt, of that place. Mrs. Lamberton died in 1901. They had no children.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Pennsylvania Society of New York, the Manhattan Club, the New York Society of Sons of the Revolution, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Fraternity of Freemasons.

He died at his home, New York, on November 25, 1906.

By his will, he left a fund, approximating $150,000, to the Borough of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to be called the Charles Lamberton Educational Fund.


(Abridged from Memorial by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.)

Gibson Putzel was born at Easton, Pennsylvania, on January 14, 1857. He was graduated from the College of the City of New York in the class of 1875 and from the Law School of Columbia University in 1878, serving his clerkship in the office of Morrison, Lauterbach & Spingarn. Shortly after his admission to the Bar in 1878, he and William R. Rose formed the firm of Rose & Putzel, which continued unchanged until his sudden death on October 20, 1907.

As an attorney he was proficient in the trial of cases and argued appeals with clearness and force; he also placed at the disposal of his clients a legal mind united with excellent business judgment, a rare combination that made his advice valuable to others and insured success in the management of his own affairs. He was one of the best real estate lawyers in the city, a member of the committee of counsel of the Lawyers' Title Insurance and Trust Company, and his death has left vacant a place in this branch of professional work that will not soon be filled. He had a large clientele among prominent business firms and corporations, having organized many of them, and he was constantly called upon by both sides to adjust controversies; difficult tasks, which he usually performed to the satisfaction of all concerned, for he had a persuasive way of presenting questions and an inflexible rule that no client of his should do anything unfair.

His personal qualities endeared him to many friends and his loyalty and devotion to them were strong traits of his character. He was unmarried.


(Abridged from Memorial by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.)

Thomas Edgar Stillman was born in the City of New York, March 23, 1837, and was the oldest of five brothers of whom four survive him. Their father, Alfred Stillman, was one of the most

promising civil and mechanical engineers of his day and one of New York's most public-spirited citizens.

Thomas Edgar as a boy attended public school No. 2 at First Avenue and Ninth Street, of which Mr. Kennedy was principal. In 1848 he entered the Free Academy that afterwards became the College of the City of New York, and continued there until 1853. In that year he was sent to Alfred Academy, now Alfred University, a Baptist institution, located at Alfred Centre in Allegany County. There he fitted for college and completed in substance the courses of the ordinary college curriculum for the first two years.

In 1857 he entered the junior class of Madison, now Colgate University, at Hamilton, in Madison County, and was graduated with his class, in 1859.

After graduation from Madison in 1859, Mr. Stillman entered the law office of Joseph Mason at Hamilton, and remained there as a student until 1862, when he was admitted in that judicial district to the practice of his profession.

He took an effective part in the presidential campaign of 1860 that resulted in Mr. Lincoln's election. He was a natural orator, eloquent and convincing, and his work was sought by the Republican campaign managers.

On leaving Hamilton Mr. Stillman opened an office on Wall Street, in 1862, but in the fall of that year accepted the position of managing clerk with Barney, Butler & Parsons, a leading law firm to which he was not long afterwards admitted as a junior partner.

In 1875 this firm was succeeded by the partnership of Butler, Stillman & Hubbard, with which Mr. Stillman continued until he retired from active practice in 1896, when the firm was changed to Butler, Notman, Joline & Mynderse.

In the earlier years of his profession he gave much of his effort to commercial law and general practice. In the settlement of insurance claims that arose from the Chicago conflagration in 1871 he represented several of the large New York insurance companies and was an important factor in producing results beneficial to the insured and to the companies. In the litigation that

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