Born: c. 1862

Died: July 21, 1914


Children: four

Benjamin Elihu Hall

Plattsburgh Daily Press, November 21, 1902

Court of Claims.

Judge Theodore H. Swift, of Potsdam, the former county judge of St. Lawrence county, who was recently appointed to the bench of the Court of Claims, has taken his seat with the court. Wednesday the court tried the claim of Benjamin E. Hall for $30,000 for the permanent appropriation of land and water power in Harrietstown, Franklin county, by the state for the purpose of constructing a dam across the Saranac river at Saranac Lake village. This claim was tried once before and an award of $2,088 was made. The master was carried up on appeal and was sent back for retrial by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

Malone Palladium, January 17, 1907

…Mr. [Benjamin E.] Hall is the son of the late Monroe Hall, of Plattsburgh, who was well known throughout Northern New York, as a holder of Adirondack lands. While credited to New York, Mr. Hall is almost as much a resident of Saranac Lake as of the metropolis. He owns lands in the Adirondacks to a considerable extent, and also owns village property in Saranac Lake. He is a lawyer by profession, and stands well at the bar and in business circles.

Malone Palladium, July 22, 1914

Benjamin Hall, of Plattsburgh, former state tax commissioner and extensive Adirondack land owner, is lying at the point of death at the home of his sister, Miss Minnie Hall in that city. One physician is in constant attendance and two others in consultation. His wife and a nurse are constantly with him. Valvular heart trouble gives him much distress in breathing. Mr. Hall said several weeks ago, when he was interviewed about the Oseetah Park Club project, which he wanted kept quiet, that his physician had advised him to retire from his law practice on account of his heart and that it was this as much as anything that had led him to take an active interest in the new Club, which he furnished the land. He left his camp on Oseetah Lake a week ago last Tuesday after enjoying the fishing with his guide, Abe Moody, for a while. Nobody is allowed to see him now except those who are with him in the house. Mr. Hall inherited most of the land he owns near the state dam on the Saranac river and Lake Kiwassa from his mother, several thousand acres. He also inherited many acres of land from his father, Monroe Hall, who bought up land condemned by the state for the nonpayment of taxes.

New York Times, July 22, 1914


Ex-State Tax Commissioner Succumbs to Heart Disease.

PLATTSBURG. July 21. — Benjamin Elihu Hall of New York City, former State Tax Commissioner, died yesterday of heart disease at the home of his sister here.

Mr. Hall was born in this city and was 52 years old. He was graduated from Williams College in the class of 1885, and then took a course in the Columbia Law School. He then joined with ex-Attorney General Leslie W. Russell in general law practice until the latter was made a Supreme Court Justice. In 1894 Mr. Hall was supported by the Republicans, Good Government Club A, and the O'Brien (anti-Tammany) Democrats and was elected Alderman from the old Twenty-first District.

Mr. Hall introduced the resolution that resulted in a complete revision of the city ordinances for the first time in sixteen years. He made a special study of municipal law and government. He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the Revolution. the Society of Medical Jurisprudence, the Republican Club, and the Delta Kappa Epsilon secret society. Mr. Hall was a lawyer with offices at 32 Nassau Street, and lived at 15 West Eighty-third Street. He is survived by his widow and four children.