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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
David B. Lisle

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 724-727 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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David B. Lisle is a well known attorney of Utica who has been engaged in practice in this city since 1910 and has gained an enviable position in professional ranks. His birth occurred in the town of Brunswick, Rensselaer county, New York, on the 15th of November, 1880, his parents being David A. and Mary Jane Lisle of that place. He pursued a high school course at Troy, New York, and subsequently entered Colgate University, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1904. At graduation from college he was elected member of Phi Beta Kappa, an honorary scholastic organization. He also is a member of Phi Kappa Psi college fraternity. Following the completion of his university course he became high school principal at Holland Patent, where he was thus identified with educational interests from 1904 until 1909. While so engaged he studied law in his spare time and in vacation periods, for it was his ambition to become a member of the legal fraternity. Toward that end he read under the preceptorship of the firm of Jones, Townsend & Rudd from July, 1909, until November 30, 1910, when he was admitted to the bar. In the latter year he began the work of his chosen profession in Utica, which city has since numbered him among its able and successful attorneys and where he has built up a clientage of large proportions. From January, 1915, until March, 1921, Mr. Lisle acted as attorney for the state comptroller in inheritance tax matters for Oneida county. He is ever faithful to his clients, fair to his adversaries and candid to the court and he enjoys the respect of his fellow members of the Oneida County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

On the 8th of July, 1908, Mr. Lisle was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Ann Davies, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Davies of Holland Patent, Oneida county, New York. They are the parents of two children: David B., Jr., who was born on the 6th of February, 1910; and Margaret E., whose natal day was February 11, 1913.

Mr. Lisle enlisted in the army in 1918, for service in the World war, and was sent to the Field Artillery Officers Training Camp at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky. He was mustered out of service in December, 1918. He is a member of the American Legion.

Though engaged in law practice in Utica, Mr. Lisle is a resident of Holland Patent and is deeply interested in public affairs of the community. He is rendering splendid service to the cause of education as president of the school board in Holland Patent. He has been a member of the republican county committee since 1910 and has served in the capacity of vice chairman. Mr. Lisle has membership in the University Club, while fraternally he is identified with the Masons and the Odd Fellows. The sterling worth of his character and his devotion to public duty are recognized by all, while his close conformity to the highest standards and ethics of the legal profession have won him the high regard, confidence and goodwill of his colleagues and contemporaries in the practice of law.

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