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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Emmett A. Glynn

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 165-166 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Emmett A. Glynn is one of two young attorneys who formed a partnership in February of 1923 and opened up offices at No. 33 South Main street, for the practice of their profession. Although he had been living in Albany for some time prior to entering upon the practice of law in this city, Mr. Glynn was no stranger to Gloversville, for it was here that he spent the greater part of his boyhood. Born in the neighboring city of Johnstown, July 9, 1894, he is the son of the late Michael Glynn, a leather dresser by trade, who followed this line of work in Johnstown and Gloversville all of his active life. He died on April 27, 1924, after an illness that had extended over a period of about three years. Mr. Glynn's mother, who was Miss Catherine Sheridan before her marriage, still resides in Gloversville. Both she and her husband were natives of Johnstown.

Emmett A. Glynn was reared in Gloversville, where he obtained his elementary education in the common schools, afterward becoming a pupil in the Johnstown high school, from which he graduated in the class of 1913. The following two years he spent in the employ of Ireland Brothers, glove manufacturers of Johnstown. In the fall of 1915 he was able to enter the Albany Law School and begin the preparation for the legal profession that was the goal of his ambitions. His studies, like those of many other young men of his age, were interrupted by a period of service in the military forces of the United States during the World war. Entering the army as an enlisted man he eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant and had the privilege of seeing overseas service for a period of thirteen months. On August 5, 1919, he obtained his honorable discharge from the army and returned to Albany to take up his legal studies where he had left them two years before. Mr. Glynn graduated with the class of 1920 and at once entered the legal department of the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Albany, where he remained until February, 1923. At that time he resigned his position with the insurance company to go into the active practice of his profession in partnership with Willard L. Best, another young lawyer connected with the Aetna concern. Under the firm name of Glynn & Best the young men opened offices in Gloversville, where they have since been hard at work building up a clientele in a profession that is manifestly slow in advancing its members. They have been encouragingly successful, however, and have won the favorable notice of their older and more established colleagues by their earnest work on the cases that have been taken to their offices and their scrupulous observance of the etiquette of the profession.

Mr. Glynn is not married. He belongs to the American Legion and to Lodge No. 226, B. P. O. E., while his political faith is that of the democratic party. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, which indicates that he is an adherent of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Glynn is a bright and enterprising young man whose attainments thus far give promise of a very worth-while career in his chosen profession. That he will be amply rewarded by success as the years go by is the earnest wish of his many friends.

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