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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
George H. Hall

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 91-92 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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George H. Hall, junior partner in the firm of E. R. Hall & Son of St. Johnsville, is one of the younger attorneys of the village and the son of a man who has been prominently identified with legal circles here for more than thirty years. An account of his father, Edward R. Hall, and a short sketch of the family history appear elsewhere in this work.

George H. Hall was born in Petersboro, New York, July 1, 1892, but was reared and educated in St. Johnsville, where he attended the public schools and graduated from the high school. Entering Cornell University, he there prepared to follow his father in the professional world, taking his A. B. degree in 1914 and his LL. B. in 1916. Instead of returning at once to St. Johnsville to become associated with his father, where a good practice was assured him from the start, the young attorney resolved first to try his wings in a strange city, unassisted by family prestige or home influence. Accordingly, he went to New York city, where competition is keen and rewards go only to the deserving. During 1919 he was associated with Nadel, Jones & Mowton, a well known law firm, and during 1920, 1921 and 1922 he was with Blandy, Mooney & Shipman, whose extensive legal connections gave him an opportunity to come into contact with litigation of the highest importance. Thus it was with a widened horizon and seasoned experience that Mr. Hall came back to his boyhood home to join his father in a legal practice and insurance business, under the name of E. R. Hall & Son. The firm enjoys a large and important practice here and has built up a large clientele in its insurance business, which has proven to be a profitable venture. Mr. Hall has also served as corporation counsel for the village of St. Johnsville and as attorney for the New York Indemnity Company.

In August, 1919, Mr. Hall was married to Miss Helen Olga Fisher of Philadelphia, whose parents are John and Anna G. (Beaver) Fisher. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hall: Edward Robert Hall (II), named in honor of his paternal grandfather. George H. Hall enlisted for service in the army in April, 1918, and was assigned to the Officers Training Camp at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, where he served in the Field Artillery. The signing of the armistice before he had been ordered overseas prevented him from seeing actual service in the field and he was among the first to be released from the army, obtaining his honorable discharge on December 6, 1918. Mr. Hall is a member and past commander of Morris J. Edwards Post, No. 168, American Legion, and county commander of Montgomery County Department, American Legion. He is also a Mason and an Odd Fellow, his associations in these orders being with St. Johnsville Lodge, No. 611, F. & A. M.; and Auskerada Lodge, No. 814, I. O. O. F. His social connections are with the Men's Club of the village and he is a member of the St. Johnsville Reformed church. In connection with his work he maintains membership in the Montgomery County Bar Association. Mr. Hall has always been fond of athletics and during his college days stood high among the Cornell athletes as a member of the varsity track team. He still keeps up his interest in such sports and also goes hunting whenever he has the opportunity to do so. It may be seen from the foregoing brief account of his life that his interests and activities have been well directed, with due regard to physical, intellectual and professional progress. Thus he has maintained an even balance in the growth of his activities and the development of character that marks him as "an all-around man".

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