Hon Leonard Barton Sackett

FatherStephen Sackett (1794-1871)
MotherRachel Barton (c 1797-c 1875)
Marriage1854, New York CityGCaroline Belinda Davis1,2
Hon Leonard Barton Sackett, son of Stephen Sackett and Rachel Barton, was born in Washington, Dutchess County, New York StateG, on 14 August 18221 and died aged 84 in New York CityG in 1906.1 He married at New York CityG on 18 May 1854, Caroline Belinda Davis, daughter of John H Davis.1,2 Caroline was born in about 18323 and died aged 33 in PoughkeepsieG on 15 September 1865.45
Leonard attended school at Amenia Academy and secured a classical education under a private tutor. He began the study of law at Pine Plains and in 1846 removed to Poughkeepsie and entered the law office of Tallman & Dean. In 1847 he was admitted to practice, and at about same time was appointed Surrogate's clerk. For a short time he was a law partner of Hon. Gilbert Dean, and shortly after the close of the Civil War formed a copartnership with General A. B. Smith, which continued for a period of twenty-five years, and during which they were connected with many prominent and several famous cases. For two terms he filled the responsible position of treasurer of Dutchess County, and for twelve years was a member of Board of Education of the City of Poughkeepsie, serving three years as its president. At one time he was the candidate of the Democratic party for County Judge, and at another for Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. For a decade previous to his death, Aug. 30, 1906, in the 85th year of his age, he lived in comparative retirement at his comfortable home, 45 Fifth Avenue, Poughkeepsie, which was presided over by his unmarried and accomplished daughters. The Poughkeepsie News-Press, of Sept. 3, referring to his character, says:
     "In the death of Leonard B. Sackett, there passed from earth a man whose long life was a blessing to those who in any way came near to him. He was an old time Democrat in politics. In these days reference to old time Democrats, or old time Republicans, means rather old time associates, old time friends, old time actors in public affairs. Mr. Sackett was an old time Democrat in a far broader sense than any reference to his political beliefs can signify. His was that democracy of character which marked the old time gentleman, whose abilities shone wherever he was, and whose courtesy was as uniform as it was charming. He was brave enough to have opinions and strong enough to defend, and stand up for them, be the storm against or with him. He was so kind as to make friends even with arguments against their cause. He was so plain in his life that pride of opinion, pride of position, pride in any undemocratic form was incompatable with his character.
     "Therefore it was that through all the four score years of his life, he was the genial friend, the sunny philosopher, the optimistic acquaintance, and the steady example of good living. He was as true to his friends as he was to himself, and it was not in his nature to betray either. His citizenship was lofty and his ideals pure. He was possessed of that precious wisdom which enables a man to grow old in peace and satisfaction. Prosperity could not mislead him, adversity could not change him. His family inherit the sweet memory of a devoted father in all that the word means. His friends inherit the example of a firm, true, useful life. His county has lost an intelligent, faithful son. His party has lost a devoted defender."

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

     In 1880 Leonard was living at PoughkeepsieG and was recorded in the census as Leonard B Sacket, a lawyer, head of household, a widower, aged 55 and born in New York. Living with him were his unmarried daughters, Laura, 23, and Lilla, 20. Also in the household were Fredrick Loveles, a gardener, and Norah Clear, a servant.6

Children of Hon Leonard Barton Sackett and Caroline Belinda Davis

  • Caroline Virginia Sackett b. 5 Apr 1855, d. 10 Oct 1873
  • Laura Davis Sackett b. 19 Jan 1859
  • Stella Sackett b. 6 May 1860

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "4361. Leonard B. Sackett, b. Aug. 14, 1822, d. in 1906; m. Caroline Davis. "
  2. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003" (Ancestry image), New York Daily Times, 20 May 1854, "Married. / In this City, on Thursday, May 18, by Rev. Samuel Buel, Miss Caroline B. Davis, daughter of John H. Davis, deceased, and Leonard B. Sackett."
  3. Date of birth based on age at death.
  4. Website Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801–1890 (New England Historic Genealogical Society), 9/16/1865. "Sept 15, Poughkeepsie Caroline B Davis dau late John H Davis and w. L B Sackett 33y."
  5. Sacketts of America.
  6. 1880 United States Federal Census, FHL 1254825, NA T9-0825/80A
    Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York
    Leonard B. SACKET, head, widower, 55, b. NY, lawyer, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Laura D. SACKET, dau, single, 23, b. NY, at home, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Lilla SACKET, dau, single, 20, b. NY, at home, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Fredrick LOVELES, other, single, 20, b. NY, gardner, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Norah CLEAR, other, 23, b. NY, servant, father b. Ireland, mother b. NY.
Sackett line4th great-grandson of John Sackett of New Haven
ChartsLine 4 (American)
Last Edited1 May 2011

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