October 19 – Happy Birthday Martin Luther Stover

mlstoverThe saga of Amsterdam’s high-achieving Stover family continues with the October 19th birthday of Martin Luther Stover. He was the second oldest son of Reverend Martin and Lydia Stover, born at Waterloo, NY in 1845, as his father was moving westward. The family had settled in Dayton, Ohio when the Civil War started and then 16-year-old Martin decided to follow his older brother Jacob by enlisting in the 86th Ohio Infantry. While Jacob spent most of the War as a prisoner in deplorable confederate prison camps young Martin saw hard and frequent action throughout the south during the final three years of the War.

Upon completion of the conflict, Reverend Stover returned east where he began helping communities in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys establish Lutheran congregations and Martin came with him and the rest of the family. They settled in Amsterdam where today’s Birthday celebrant became a school teacher and began studying law in his spare time. Records show he was admitted to the bar in 1870 and began his own practice. His would become one of the most successful legal careers in the history of the City.

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


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