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Otsego Herald

July 25, 2013

Submarine Attack


Ambrose Jordan

NOTICE: The Co-partnership between the subscribers as attorneys at law, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent; all their unsettled business is left with Ambrose L. Jordan, who will transact the same, at his office in the village of Cooperstown. AMBROSE L. JORDAN, SAMUEL BIRDSALL. Dated July 14, 1813.

A. L. JORDAN has removed to the office heretofore occupied by Farrand Stranahan, Esq. with whom he has commenced business in connection.

COMMENT: Ambrose L. Jordan (1791-1865) and Samuel Birdsall (1782-1872) had formed their partnership in November 1812. Jordan lived in Cooperstown until 1820, in the yellow building still called Jordan Cottage at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. He then moved to Hudson, NY, and in later life he served as State Assemblyman, State Senator, and Attorney-General.

and was noted for his defense of the so-called “anti-rent war” leaders in 1845. From 1830-1833 Jordan had as a law pupil Edward C. Clark (1811-1882), partner of Isaac Singer and founder of Cooperstown’s Clark Family. In 1835 Clark married Jordan’s daughter Caroline, and visited (and fell in love with) our village.

On Jordan’s death in 1865 an old friend remembered “his honest simplicity of heart as exhibited in his daily life; his uprightness of purpose, as manifested in his dealings with his clients, and his uniform kindness and urbanity as displayed toward his opponents during the heat of debate and during protracted trials.” Another said: “Mr. Jordan was distinguished for his manly beauty. With an erect, commanding form, an expressive face, and an eye which, in moments of excitement, flashed like the eagle’s, his appearance never failed to attract attention and to create a most favorable the prime of his life, he was the perfection of physical and intellectual manhood.”

Farrand Stranahan (1778-1826) was a prominent Jeffersonian attorney in Cooperstown, best known perhaps for having on May 21, 1807 publicly assaulted William Cooper with a cane (for which he was fined $30).

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