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LESTER, Charles Smith, lawyer, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, 15 March, 1824. He received his early education at Washington academy, Salem, New York, studied law at Salem, and with his uncle, John Willard, at Saratoga Springs, New York, where he has since practised his profession. He was district attorney in 1859-'62, county judge in 1870-'6, and has been also supervisor of the town of Saratoga, president of the village of Saratoga Springs, and president of the board of education. He was the attorney of Alexander T. Stewart when the latter added the Grand Union and Windsor hotels to his investments, and is now the Saratoga attorney of the Stewart estate. Judge Lester has a high reputation in his profession.
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