Luther Ingalls Burditt
Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen
Hon. Luther Ingalls Burditt, for many years a prominent attorney of Cooperstown, now living retired, was born in Duanesburg, Schenectady Co., NY December 26, 1810. He is a son of Wigglesworth Burditt, who was born in Boston in 175, and removed to the State of New York while yet a young man. The latter was one of the patriots of the war of 1812-15, and rendered valuable service to the Government of the United States by removing heavy ordnance from Hudson to Sacket's Harbor. In 1817 he removed to Cooperstown, and died there in 1820. The maiden name of his wife, the mother of the subject of sketch, was Sarah Wood, daughter of Daniel Wood, a soldier of the Revolutionary war, serving under General Stark in the battle of Bennington, and being assigned to the duty of guarding prisoners on their removal to Cheshire, Berkshire co., Mass. Mrs. Sarah Burditt was left a widow with two children, named Levi and Luther Ingalls. After the death of her husband she went with her children to live with her brother Levi, in the town of Middleton, and there the subject of this sketch was reared. His youthful days were spent n the farm and in the district school, during the summer and winter seasons respectively, until he was seventeen years of age, when he began teaching in the Mohawk Valley. For some years he taught during the winter season, and in the summer worked on the farm, in this way earning money with which to pay for his advanced education at the Clinton Liberal Institute. In 1839, with a small capital saved from his earnings, he established himself in the grocery business at Cooperstown, but as he unfortunately carried on a credit business, at the end of two years he found himself financially embarrassed, and compelled to suspend business. He then turned his attention to the study of law, entering the office of Starkweather & Field, being admitted to the bar in due time, and at once entering on a successful practice, in which he continued for many years. As soon after commencing practice as his means would permit he began dealing in real estate, first buying property in and around the village, which he laid off into lots and sold. Later he became interested in farm property, and from time to time increased his landed possessions, now owning some 700 acres in Otsego county. He continues to maintain a home in Cooperstown, though he spends but little of his time there, having a beautiful summer home on the St. Lawrence River, and spending his winters in Florida. In 1830 he married Eliza Clark, who was a daughter of Caleb and Sally (Dennison)
Clark, both natives of Brooklyn, Conn. Mr. and Mrs. Burditt have four children
living, viz: Byron W., Mary E., Sarah J. and William Dean. In politics Mr.
Burditt gives his allegiance to the Democratic party, and during the late war of
the Rebellion was what was known as a War Democrat. He has filled various
offices of trust - serving as School Inspector several years, representing
Cooperstown on the County Board of Supervisiors, and being a member of the
building committee when the present courthouse was erected. he has also served
as a member of the State Assembly, to which honorable position he was elected in
1865. While a member of the Assembly he secured the legislation necessary to
the building of the Cooperstown & Susquehanna Valley Railroad, and was the first
President of the company. He has also served as director, Vice President and
attorney for the First National Bank.