Monday, May 20, 2013

Arthur Phinney, Sandusky Lawyer

According to the HISTORY OF THE CLASS OF 1864: YALE COLLEGE, Arthur Phinney was the son of James and Cynthia (Mosher) Phinney, having been born on March 28, 1837 in Gorham, Maine. He graduated from Yale in 1864. After graduation, Arthur Phinney worked with the Scientific Department of the Sanitary Commission. In 1865, he became the principal of the Chester Academy at Chester, New York. From 1867 to 1870, Arthur Phinney was the principal of the high school for Sandusky City Schools in Sandusky, Ohio. After studying law in Sandusky and the Michigan Law School, Arthur Phinney was admitted to the bar of Ohio in 1872. Mr. Phinney practiced law for many years in Sandusky, Ohio. He and his wife, the former Sara E. Bell, had three daughters. An article in the Sandusky Star of May 23, 1899 stated that "As a lawyer his tastes were quiet and studious; in legal research he was painstaking and accurate, and his conclusions when formed were relied on with tenacity and sincerity." He was considered by the community, as well as his peers, to be an honest lawyer.

After being deeply grieved following the death of his wife Sara in 1898, his health began to fail. On May 21, 1899, Arthur Phinney died at his home in Sandusky. Funeral services for Arthur Phinney were held on May 23, 1899. Erie County attorneys and court officials all attended the funeral services as a group. Many beautiful floral tributes were displayed at the funeral in memory of the deceased, including the "Gates Ajar" arrangement from the Bar Association. Arthur Phinney was laid to rest at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery, next to his beloved wife Sara.

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