May 7 – Happy Birthday Daisy Snook Borst

daisyborst2Daisy Snook was born in Amsterdam, NY on May 7, 1886. Her dad was a member of the same Snook family for whom the Snooks Corners hamlet in the town of Florida and Snooks Corners Rd. are both named. Her Mom was a Fairbanks, whose family’s roots in America dated all the way back to 1633. Daisy broke the mold for what it meant to be a female in the early twentieth century when she became the first woman ever admitted to Albany Law School. As if that wasn’t enough, she also graduated at the very top of her class in 1912. When she passed the New York State Bar, she became the first Montgomery County-born female lawyer in history.

One year after that graduation, Daisy was working as the personal stenographer and clerk for former Montgomery County Court Judge Henry Borst, who had also served as the County’s District Attorney and who at the time, was one of the most influential members of this area’s legal community. Borst had just become the first Democrat to serve as Supreme Court Justice of New York State’s Fourth Judicial District, when then Governor William Sulzer appointed him to the vacant post. Two year’s later in 1915, he won a 12-year-term to that seat outright, with Daisy evidently serving an instrumental role in his successful campaign.

Her relationship with Borst then became more involved because on December 10, 1919, the two were married. She was 33 years old and he was 64…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-native in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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