This Ebenezer Foote was born in July 1773. He was the eldest son of Capt. John Foote and his second wife, the former Mary Peck. He worked on the family farm in Westbury, Connecticut until he was twenty. After the harvest of 1792, he left the farm to pursue studies under Reverend John Foot, the Congregational minister of Cheshire, Connecticut. He taught school to pay his expenses. He furthered his education at the law school in Litchfield and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1796. He removed to Lansingburgh, New York and, after selling his father's farm, opened a legal practice.
Foote also entered the political arena and was affiliated with Ambrose Spencer, the New York State Attorney General and future mayor of Albany (1825-26). Foote was appointed assistant Attorney General by Governor George Clinton in 1801 and served for several years. He continued his legal practice in Troy until he relocated to Albany in 1808 where he resided until his death.
By 1810, his household was configured on the Albany census.
His younger brother, Samuel A. Foote, lived in Ebenezer's home and studied at his Albany law office.
To make a better education available to their only daughter Lucretia, in February 1814, he and his wife, Betsey, founded the "Union School" which became the "Albany Female Academy" and then Albany Academy for Girls. The original school was on leased land on the east side of Montgomery Street near his home. Foote was its first treasurer.
Ebenezer Foote died in July 1814 and was buried in the Episcopal plot. He had lived forty-one years.
Sources: The life of Ebenezer Foote is CAP biography number 8070. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A number of prominent, same-named individuals lived in New York State during his lifetime. Thus, we are particularly cautious in assigning qualitative information to the life of this nineteenth-century Albany resident.
"In 1808, however, the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Foote removed to Albany, the capital of the State, on account of the greater facilities it afforded for the practice of his profession. There he continued till his death, having generally a junior partner in his office. During this period, he took an active part in politics, and was an ardent and able supporter of the principles of his party. He wrote for the press, and his influence as a politician kept pace with his professional reputation. On one occasion, he was a prominent candidate for United States Senator, with a prospect of election ; but his friends did not succeed in their object.
first posted: 10/10/08