Sunday, April 30, 2017

Philander Deming: Pioneer Official Court Reporter and Nationally Known Author

In 1866, Philander Deming became the Albany area’s first official court reporter. The judges of the New York supreme court for the third judicial district, which included Albany county and six adjacent counties, appointed Deming to the position. He lived in Albany and Burke, NY, a small town located on the northern side of the Adirondacks, on the Canadian border. Later in his career, Deming became a nationally acclaimed author who wrote sordid and grim tales about life in the North Country of New York State.

Additional information about Deming and the origins of official court reporting in the U.S. can be found in Guardians of the Record, which can be purchased by clicking on its cover in the right hand column.

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