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1860's Judge Irving Goodwin Vann CDV Photo, Ulysses, Trumansburg NY


This is a rare one of a kind unpublished and autographed photo of well known 19th century Judge Irving G. Vann. Irving Goodwin Vann 1842-1921 was an American judge, lawyer, politician, Yale alumni and NY State Supreme Court Justice.

On reverse: "I.G. Vann, Ulysses, N.Y. born Jan. 3rd 1842" is handwritten in old dip pen ink. (Note: we cannot clearly read the word born, it is illegible, but believe that is what it reads, as it was his birth date) Photo type: Original Vintage Victorian CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1860's, Civil War era. Photographer: Prescott & Gage, 368 Main St., Hartford, Connecticut, Litchfield and Hartford County. (known to be photographer Daniel K. Prescott or Daniel Prescott and Edwin P. Gage, Edwin Gage, who worked together from 1861-1865 in Hartford)

Note: Ulysses is in Tompkins County near Ithaca, Village of Trumansburg, Town of Ulysses, NY.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
The wonderful Political Graveyard site states here that: "Vann, Irving Goodwin (1842-1921) also known as Irving G. Vann of Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y. Born in Ulysses town, Tompkins County, N.Y., January 3, 1842. Republican. Lawyer; Mayor of Syracuse, N.Y. 1879-80; Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1882-95; judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1896-1912. Died in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., March 22, 1921 (age 79 years, 78 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y."

Irving Goodwin Vann 1842 -1921
Father: Samuel R. Vann
Mother: Catherine H. Goodwin Vann
Spouse: Julie Florence Dillaye Vann 1845-1934
Their Children:
Florence Dillaye Vann Fowler 1871-1942
Irving Dillaye Van 1875-1944
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga County

Obituary in the Syracuse, New York, The Herald newspaper, Thursday March 22, 1921:  "Judge Irving G. Vann Dead: Former Mayor Had Long Been Leading Figure Among Jurists of State - Descendant of Pioneer Stock. Judge Irving Goodwin Vann died at his James street home at 10:30 o'clock this morning. He had been ill a week. Death was due to old age. Mrs. Vann, their son, Irving Dillaye Van, and daughter, Mrs. Albert P. Fowler, were at the bedside when the end came. Mr. Vann was born January 3, 1842, in the town of Ulysses, Tompkins county, on the west shore of Cayuga lake. His earliest known ancestor on the paternal side was Samuel Vann, his great-grandfather, who was a native of New Jersey, and a lieutenant in the revolutionary war. His grandfather, also named Samuel Vann, died in 1878, aged 106 years. His father, Samuel R. Vann, was a well-to-do farmer, who, although born in New Jersey, passed most of his life on his farm in Ulysses, where he died in 1872. On his mother's side Mr. Vann derived his descent from Richard Goodwin, his great-grandfather, whose son, Joseph, was the father of Catherine H. Goodwin, Judge Vann's mother. Judge Vann, when a small boy, received careful instruction from his mother who lived until 1902, but did not attend school until he prepared for college at Trumansburg academy, about four miles from his home. He completed his preparation for college at Ithaca academy. He entered Yale in 1859 and graduated in 1863. The year after graduation he was principal of the Pleasant Valley High school, near Owensboro, Ky., and though successful as a teacher and urged to continue, he resigned and began the study of law in the office of Boardman & Finch, at Ithaca, and in the fall of 1864 entered the Albany Law school, where he graduated in the spring of 1865. A few months were next passed in Washington as clerk of the treasury department, but resigning in October, 1865, he came to Syracuse and became a clerk in the law office of Raynor and Butler. In March, 1866, he began to practice law and subsequently became a member of the law firms of Vann & Raynor, Raynor & Vann, Fuller & Vann and Vann, McLennan & Dillaye. His practice became large and profitable and, having associated himself with partners who were expert in the trial of causes before a jury, he preferred to conduct them after the facts had been settled, by arguing the questions of law in the Appellate courts. He heard and decided many cases as referee, until his practice became so large that he was obliged to confine himself to the business of his office. He was one of the founders of the Onondaga Bar association and became successively second and first vice president and finally its president. He was also one of the founders of the New York State Bar association. Former Mayor of Syracuse: In politics he was always a Republican, but was identified with its liberal wing and supported Horace Greeley for President in 1872. He actively engaged in several political campaigns but was not a candidate for office until 1879, when he was unanimously nominated as the Republican candidate for mayor of Syracuse. With three candidates in the field, he was elected by a majority of more than a thousandied His administration as mayor was characterized by the lowest taxes that the city had known for many years. Declining a renomination he again took up the practice of his profession. In 1861 he was nominated for justice of the Supreme court and was elected by a majority of over 11,000. He assumed the duties of that office in 1882 and continued to discharge them until 1883, when he became, by designation of the Governor, a judge of the Court of Appeals, Second division. He served in that capacity for four years and then returned to the circuit. In the fall of 1895 he was re-elected Justice of the Supreme court, having been nominated by both parties. In January, 1896, he was appointed by Governor Morton, a judge of the Court of Appeals. In 1896 he was nominated by the Republican party for the full term of 14 years and at the ensuing election was chosen by a majority of 243,189, which was the largest majority ever received by a State officer in a contested election in the State of New York. In 1910 he was re-elected to the Court of Appeals from which he was retired by the age limit on December 31, 1913, three days before his 71st birthday. He thus held the distinction of serving on the bench of the Court of Appeals almost a full year after his 70th year. After retiring the bench, Judge Vann was associated with Lieut. Col. John B. Tuck in the practice of law. He was referee in a number of important legal cases and took an active interest in his profession until shortly before his death. Judge Vann was fond of fishing and all phases of outdoor life, his summer home, near Baldwinsville, being on a large farm bordering a pretty little lake. The farm and lake were stocked by Judge Vann with game and fish. The farm overlooks the Seneca river and is one of the ideal spots in Central New York. Although devoted to his profession and to the discharge of his official duties he was always active in benevolent, charitable and social affairs. He organized Woodlawn cemetery in 1879 and was its president for years. He was also the president of the Onondaga Red Cross society since its inception. He was one of the founders, and for several years was the president, of the Century club of Syracuse. He was a member of the Citizens club of Syracuse, the University club of Central New York, the New York State Historical association, the Onondaga Historical society, the Fort Orange club of Albany, the Albany Historical society and of nearly all the charitable organizations of Syracuse. He was a founder and trustee of the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts and a lecturer in the Syracuse and the Albany law schools and at one time a lecturer in the Cornell School of Law. He was one of the founders of the Yale club of Syracuse and of the Alumni association of the Albany Law school and had been president of each. he received the degree of L. L. died from Hamilton in 1882, Syracuse in 1897 and Yale in 1898. Close Friend of Judge Parker: Judge Vann was a close friend of Judge Alton B. Parker with whom he sat on the bench for years, until Judge Parker resigned to accept the nomination for President. Judge Vann was married to Florence Dillaye, only daughter of Henry A. Dillaye, a prominent resident of Syracuse, in 1870. They have two children, Florence Dillaye, now Mrs. Albert P. Fowler, born July 30, 1871, and Irving Dillaye, born September 17, 1875. The son is now an active member of the law firm of Fowler, Crouch & Vann of this city. Mrs. Fowler has four children, Catherine died, Albert V., Ruth and Elizabeth Fowler. They all live in Syracuse. Judge Vann was always domestic in taste and found the highest enjoyment in his family circle. He was very fond of books and had a library of more than 10,000 volumes, many of which are rare. He also was fond of old guns and had a collection of nearly 200, selected to mark the progress of invention in firearms. His active recreations were fishing, hunting and riding. His vacations were always passed in the woods and his reputation as a fisherman was well founded."

Vann family born in the 19th century and buried at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg, Town of Ulysses, Tompkins County, NY:
Bert Vann, died Jan. 23, 1951 age 70
Catharine G. Vann died Nov. 10, 1902 age 91
Fred Vann died Sept. 20, 1959 age 79
George George died Sept. 21, 1922 age 72
Infant Vann died Oct. 1, 1893
Ivan Fred Vann died April 20, 1916 age 2 months
Julia M. Vann died Nov. 29, 1918 age 76
Lottie Eddy Vann died June 17, 1940
Mabel A. Vann died July 11, 1955 age 66
May May died April 4, 1922 age 71
Olive Vann died June 7, 1929 age 68
Paul A. Vann died Nov. 30, 1985 age 77
Pearl Hopkins Vann died April 10, 1955 age 73
Philip S. Vann died Jan. 30, 1985 age 71y
Robert W. Vann died March 21, 1927 age 20
Ruth H. Vann died April 23, 1976 age 80
Theo W. Vann died Oct. 29, 1955 age 65
Theodore I. Vann died Jan. 6, 1986 age 64
William Vann died July 5, 1949 age 74

This is a rare and beautiful unpublished Civil War era CDV image of a I.G. Vann, a very intelligent young man. This rare CDV would have been taken when he was a student at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. It was found in Rochester, Monroe County New York.

Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy       Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)

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