Born: April 13, 1865

Died: April 20, 1948

Married: Grace Dormer

Children: Francis J. Stephen, Joseph Stephen, Paul Stephen

Francis Stephen founded the law firm of Stephen and Stephen, and served as Saranac Lake village attorney.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 21, 1948

Francis J. Stephen, Former Attorney For Village, Dies

Francis Joseph Stephen, Sr., 83, former village attorney and founder of the law firm of Stephen and Stephen, passed away a t 10:30 o’clock last night at his home at 24 Church street after year of failing health.

Mr. Stephen was born April 13, 1865 in Buffalo, the day before the assassination of Lincoln.

His father, Francis J. Stephen had come to this country from France and his mother whose maiden name was Mary Bisantz, came from one of Buffalo’s earliest families.

He received his early education in the schools in Buffalo and later attended Canisius college.

He read law in an office in that city and soon after being admitted to the New York State Bar, he established him self in the practice of law.

In 1910 he was appointed as deputy genera l counsel for the state department of agriculture in the attorney-general's office in Albany. He remained in this office for two years and then returned to Buffalo to resume his law practice.

In 1893 Mr. Stephen married the former Grace Dormer of Buffalo. The couple had four sons and two daughters of whom three sons are living.

In 1921 the family came to Saranac Lake for the health of one of the boys and Mr. Stephen soon after opened his law firm. It was known as F. J. Stephen, attorney-at-law and in 1938 as Stephen and Stephen, attorneys-at-law . The elder Mr. Stephen retired from active practice in 1942. He served as attorney for the village of Saranac Lake for more than four years.

As a young man, Mr. Stephen was closely acquainted with Grover Cleveland, then a Buffalo lawyer, and he was one of the more active members of the famed “Cleveland Democracy," an organization of young Democrats that played no small part in electing Cleveland to the presidency. Surviving Mr. Stephen are his wife, Mrs. Grace Dormer Stephen; three sons, Francis J. Stephen, all of Saranac Lake [sic] and three grandchildren, Anne , Grace and Joseph D., Jr., also of this village.

A requiem High Mass will be celebrated at 9 o’clock Friday morning in St. Bernard's church. Interment will be in St. Bernard’s cemetery and the body will repose at the home.

Mr. Stephen was a member of the Saranac Lake club, the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the local Elks.  He was also a member of the Franklin county and New York State Bar associations. The Knights of Columbus will conduct their service at 8 o’clock tomorrow evening at the home.