On Thanksgiving evening in 1925, a group of fifteen close friends had gathered in the dining room of the St. Stanislaus parish rectory on Cornell Street in Amsterdam, NY to celebrate Reverend Anton Gorski’s 28th year as pastor of that Church. One of the guests was today’s Birthday Celebrant, New York State Supreme Court Justice Henry V. Borst. After completing a speech praising Father Gorski, Borst had sat back down in his chair and as he listened to the other participants congratulate and give toasts to that evening’s guest of honor, he whispered to his wife Daisy that he was feeling slightly ill. As each minute passed Borst’s distress intensified. He was in the throes of a massive heart attack that would end up taking his life later that same evening. And what a life it had been, marked by a successful career, distinguished service in the courtroom, world travel and romance tinged with just a bit of scandal.
It began on July 6, 1857, when Borst was born in Cobleskill, NY. A very bright student, he entered Cornell University at the age of 16 and just two years later went to Albany Law, graduating in the class of 1877. He then entered into a partnership with Alexander Shults and Peter Webster which was based in the western part of Montgomery County. Within the next ten years, Borst served as Montgomery County DA and was elected county judge…
(This former Amsterdam business owner and community volunteer was also born on July 6)
My complete birthday post for Judge Borst will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.
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