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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Hyman W. Sevits

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 763-764 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Hyman W. Sevits, a successful young member of the Schenectady bar, with office in the Lorraine building, No. 505 State street, has already won for himself an enviable position in local professional ranks. His birth occurred at North Creek, Warren county, New York, on the 28th of July, 1896, his parents being Frank and Bessie (Lipman) Sevits, both of whom were natives of Russia, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1888. They located first in New York city and subsequently took up their abode at North Creek, where the father engaged in the fur business for a number of years. In 1900 he removed to Glens Falls, Warren county, there residing until 1914, when he came to Schenectady and has since lived retired here.

Hyman W. Sevits obtained his early education as a grade and high school student at Glens Falls and acquired his more advanced intellectual training in Union College of Schenectady, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1918. In preparation for the practice of law, which he had decided to make his life work, he then entered the Albany Law School, which in 1921 conferred upon him the degree of LL. B. Admitted to the bar in the same year, he at once opened an office in Schenectady, where he has remained to the present time and has been accorded an excellent clientage as he has demonstrated his ability in the successful handling of litigated interests. He is the possessor of a good law library and holds membership in the Schenectady County Bar Association.

A republican in his political views, Mr. Sevits is an active member of the Schenectady County Republican Club. He enlisted in the navy in 1918 and remained therein until the close of the World war, though he had transferred to the aviation service just prior to the signing of the armistice. It was in December, 1918, that he was discharged. Mr. Sevits is a member of the American Legion. He is of the Jewish faith, belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is also a member of the Graduate Council, the governing body of Union College. He likewise has membership in two Greek letter societies — Chi Pi Phi, a high school fraternity, and Phi Sigma Delta, a college fraternity. He is a young man of ability, energy and determination, whose professional career has been marked by continuous progress. Thoroughness characterizes all of his efforts and he conducts his law business with strict regard for a high standard of professional ethics. Mr. Sevits resides at No. 312 McClellan street in Schenectady.

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