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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Kelsie E. Mead

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 656-657 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Schenectady numbers among her talented young attorneys Kelsie E. Mead, who maintains an office at No. 307 State street. He was born in Albany, New York, on the 6th of September, 1898, his parents being Clarence and Charlotte (Brennan) Mead, the former a native of Schenectady, New York, and the latter of Connecticut. Clarence Mead was for fourteen years connected as buyer with the retail toy shop of F. A. O. Swartz, on Fifth avenue, in New York city. He then came to Schenectady and has since been engaged in the bakery business here, being widely recognized as one of the substantial and respected residents of the city.

In the acquirement of an education Kelsie E. Mead attended the grade and high schools of New York city, and after coming to Schenectady continued his high school studies here for two years, or until graduated in 1917. Having determined to prepare for law practice, he then matriculated in the Albany Law School, which institution conferred upon him the degree of LL. B. in 1920. He next spent one year as a law clerk and following his admission to the bar in 1921 opened an office in Schenectady, where he has continued in practice to the present time, having built up a large clientage. His preparation of cases is thorough and comprehensive and his analytical mind enables him readily to grasp the salient point upon which the decision of every case finally turns. He is a member of the Schenectady County Bar Association and the New York State Title Association.

Mr. Mead belongs to the Schenectady County Republican Club, indicating his support of the men and measures of the republican party. During the period of the World war he served for one year as a private and had been assigned to the Officers' Training School when the armistice was signed. He received his discharge in January, 1919. A worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masonic order, he belongs to Corlaer Lodge, F. & A. M., and he is likewise a member of Gamma Eta Gamma, a national legal fraternity, and of Alpha Zeta, a high school fraternity. His religious faith is manifest in his connection with St. George's Protestant Episcopal church. His home is at No. 101 Cleveland avenue, in Schenectady.

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