Northrup R. Holmes
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

NORTRUP R. HOLMES, only child of John B., a sketch of whom precedes, and Mary E. (Tobey) Holmes, was born in East Worcester, New York, January 17, 1879. His early education was begun in Worcester, New York, and was continued in Troy public schools, Troy Academy, and Union College. He adopted his father's profession and after a clerkship under him, entered Albany Law School, whence he was graduated with the class of 1901, and was admitted to the bar. He located in Troy in general practice, but in 1905, following his natural habit of mind, again became a student and specialized in the most highly specialized branch of his profession, engineering law.

Mr. Holmes became widely known as a specialist and to-day his practice is entirely along the line of engineering law both as attorney and as consultant, and his services are sought wherever there are engineering enterprises of importance. His services have been sought, in some of their complication with the law, by companies, contractors, and financiers, connected with the largest operations the world has ever known, notably the Panama Canal, New York State Barge Canal, and others, being called on these as consultant. He has always practiced without a partner, and his deep knowledge of this special branch of the law was gained through self study and his own practice.

Mr. Holmes is a member of the American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association, having served on Law Reform Committee; Rensselaer County Bar Association; the Old Colony Club of New York City; Troy Club; Lake Placid Club, and the Society of Automobile Engineers of America.

He married, June 7, 1904, Bertha M. Snyder, of Troy, daughter of Albert B. and Francena (Younghans) Snyder. Mr. and Mrs. Holmes are the parents of two children: Alton R., and Virginia M.

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