THOMAS F. BISGOOD was a prominent attorney of Sag Harbor, where he also held the positions of Justice of the Peace and Police Justice. His home was in this city for many years, and during his professional and political career he made many warm friends in the community, being highly esteemed as a lawyer of more than ordinary ability.
Mr. Bisgood was of English birth and parentage, having been born in London, December 11, 1829 to Thomas and Maria (Oaks) Bisgood. He was educated in the University of that city, after which, concluding to adopt the profession of his father, who was a lawyer of prominence, and having himself a decided inclination in that direction, he began his law studies with his father and after becoming thoroughly familiar with the theory and much of the practical workings of the law, was admitted to the Bar in 1851, and at once taken into full partnership with his father. He practiced law in Paris between i860 and 1865, after which he came with his father to New York.
After landing in New York City Mr. Bisgood spent a few months in the metropolis, when he came to Sag Harbor, having been influenced to make his home on Long Island by an old friend, Attorney George W. Whitaker, a resident of Southampton. E. A. Carpenter was the leading attorney at Sag Harbor at that time, and Mr. Bisgood, opening an office of his own, was soon in command of a splendid practice. He possessed unusual ability as a lawyer and in political as well as professional circles, he bore a high reputation.
The lady whom Thomas F. Bisgood married in December, 1888, was Miss Alice Whittaker, of Southampton. To them were born two sons, Arthur and Frederick. Mrs. Bisgood was the third wife of her husband, his former marriage having been with her sister Edith, who died without issue.
In religious affairs our subject was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, in which he was Senior Warden. Socially he was a Mason and belonged to Wamponainon Lodge at Sag Harbor. He took a very active part in this organizatiem and was its Treasurer, also represented it in the Grand Lodge. He belonged to Sewasset Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Patchogue. A prominent Democrat, he served as Justice of the Peace in the town of East Hampton, and was the first Police Justice elected in this village under its amended character. Interested in the cause of education, for several years he served as Treasurer of the Board. He was also a Trustee of the Sag Harbor Circulating Library.
Though in less rugged health for some time than in past years, yet the death of Mr. Bisgood was unexpected, the immediate cause being an attack of pneumonia. He passed away October 20, 1895, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, with Masonic honors. On the afternoon of the funeral, which was held in the Episcopal Church, the school was closed, as were also the stores and places of business. It was felt, not only by his intimate associates, but by all with whom business or social relations had brought him into contact, that the village had suffered a deep loss in his death. At all times he maintained a warm interest in progressive enterprises, and his judgment was seldom at fault in his decisions regarding matters relative to the public welfare. As an attorney, he was keen and sagacious, an accurate judge of human nature and the motives that impel to action, and possessing an analytical and vigorous mind. Before the Bar of Suffolk County he conducted many important cases, and in all of these his discernment, integrity and brilliancy of intellect were among his prominent characteristics.
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