Stephen L. Magoun was born
April 16, 1815, in New Hampton, N. H. He is a son of Stephen S.
Magoun, grandson of Rev. Josiah Magoun, who was a son of Benjamin Magoun,
and descended from emigrants from the north of Ireland, and originally of
Josiah Magoun removed from Shapleigh, in the State of Maine, to New Hampton,
N. H., about 1790. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war,
taking an active part in many of its contests. He married a daughter
of Deacon Stephen Sleeper, and reared a family of seven sons and one
daughter. As a minister of the Free-Will Baptist denomination he
preached until his decease. He had sons--Stephen S., Benjamin, Josiah,
Nathaniel S., John Calvin, Martin L., and Aaron B.; and a daughter, Susannah
settled in New Hampton and married Nancy Hanaford. He was a farmer,
country merchant, and held various offices of the town in which he resided.
He had children--George W., Peter H., and Stephen L., the subject of this
biography. He died August 14, 1858, aged seventy-six years. His
widow, Nancy, died at Hudson, N. Y., October 12, 1873. (Born April 1,
1789.) The sons George W. and Peter H. died unmarried.
subject of this notice entered the academy at New Hampton, where he pursued
his preparatory course; he entered Union College in 1834, and after the full
course of four years, graduated in 1838. He commenced his legal
studies in the office of Messrs. Page & Potter, at Schenectady, where he
remained till November, 1838, when he removed to Hudson, N. Y., and entered
the office of Sutherland & McClellan, and was admitted to the bar in May,
1841, and immediately became a copartner with the same firm. In 1843,
having dissolved his copartnership, he opened an office alone in the city of
Hudson, where he has continued to practice till the present time.
profession he is a thorough student, and has had a wide range of experience.
He is well versed in jurisprudence, not only in its theory and history, but
in all its practical bearings and applications, having had a large practice
in all the courts except the Supreme Court of the United States. As a
counselor, he is safe and judicious; as an advocate, clear, forcible, and
effective in the presentation of his causes. Self-reliant, well
informed in his profession, and commanding the confidence of a large and
respectable clientage, he may be regarded as a successful lawyer.
political affiliations he has always been a Democrat; but he has
subordinated politics to the legitimate duties of his profession, and had
never been a partisan nor an office-seeker.
first married, July 29, 1841, to Marianna Pierson, who died May 12, 1860.
He married his present wife, Mrs. Lucie White, of New York City, October 23,
1861. He has one son by the first marriage, Edward P. Magoun, an
attorney-at-law, in the same office with his father.