5786. Col. Henry Woodward Sackett, 1853–, of Mamaroneck, N. Y., and New York City, son of (3077) Dr. Solon P. and Lovedy K. Woodward Sackett, was married, in 1886, to Elisabeth Titus.
Colonel Sackett was born at Enfield, N. Y. He was prepared for college at Ithaca Academy and graduated from Cornell University with the highest rank in mathematics, as class essayist, and other class distinctions, in 1875. After leaving college he taught Latin and Greek for one year in Monticello Military Academy, and then removed to New York City, where he studied law, and at same time wrote court reports and special articles on legal subjects for The Tribune. He was admitted to the bar in 1879, and subsequently became associated in practice with Cornelius A. Runkle, who was for many years counsel for The Tribune. In connection with the defence of suits against that newspaper, he wrote, in 1884, a short work on the law of libel especially designed for the use of newspaper men. Since the death of Mr. Runkle in 1888, Mr. Sackett, as regular counsel for The Tribune, has defended with unusual success all libel suits brought against it. In April, 1888, he formed a law partnership with Charles Gibson Bennett, under name of Sackett & Bennett, which continued for a number of years. The present firm name is "Sackett, Chapman and Stevens." They do a large and important business, especially as attorneys for estates and corporations.
Mr. Sackett in addition to being employed as regular counsel for The Tribune writes that greatest and cleanest of American newspaper's editorials on legal and kindred subjects. He is descended from a long line of patriotic sires and seems to have inherited in no small degree the martial spirit of his paternal great grandfather, who entered the service of his country in the war of the Revolution as a volunteer before he was sixteen years of age, and of his grandfather, who served as captain in the war of 1812.
Mr. Sackett was a non-commissioned officer in Squadron A, New York's noted cavalry organization, when in 1896 he was appointed aid-de-camp with the rank of Colonel, on the staff of Governor Black. He is president of the Cornell University Club of New York; a trustee of Cornell University; a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association; of the University Club, Union League Club, Republican Club, Garden City and Opawamis Golf Club, St. Nicholas Society, St. George's Society, National Arts Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Hardware Club, Bar Association, Geographical Society, and other associations.
Mr. Sackett was married in 1886 to Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Titus, of Brooklyn, a grain merchant and one of the incorporators of the Produce Exchange. Mr. Sackett is by religious faith an Episcopalian, and senior warden of St. Thomas' Church, Mamaroneck, N. Y., where he has a handsome suburban residence.
—Weygant, The Sacketts of America