McGettrick, Felix W.
Age: 17, credited to Fairfield, VTVITALS
Birth: 1847, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Holy Cross Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
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Felix William McGettrick
McGettrick, Felix William, of St. Albans, son of Michael and Mary (O'Connell) McGettrick, was born in Fairfield, Nov. 20, 1847.
The educational facilities which Mr. McGettrick enjoyed before the war were exceedingly limited, as he lived nearly three miles from the nearest district schoolhouse, but after his return from the battlefields of Virginia he took a partial course of study at the New Hampton Institute at Fairfax, and then placed himself as a private pupil under the charge of Mr. C. J. Alger at Burlington, in whose office he commenced the study of law, which he afterward continued with the firm of Edson & Rand at St. Albans.
In 1870 he combined his legal studies with the teacher's profession, but two years later he began to practice at St. Albans. He has been engaged in several important cases and ranks high as an able criminal lawyer, and as an advocate he has no superior in the state, possessing great command of language, and is both forcible and eloquent as a speaker.
Mr. McGettrick enlisted, when a lad of sixteen, in Co. E, 2d Regt. U. S. Sharpshooters, and in the winter of 1864 the command were in camp around Brandy Station and Culpepper, Va. He was present at the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, and in the latter engagement was seriously wounded. He was discharged at the close of the war.
He is actively interested in politics, being a staunch supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. He has been town grand juror and member of the school board, as well as town agent for prosecuting and defending suits. He was sent as a delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1880, and seven years afterward was appointed special inspector of customs. He was the nominee of his party for Congress in 1892, and the following year received the appointment of superintendent of construction of the new United States custom house and postoffice at St. Albans.
Mr. McGettrick was married, January, 1872, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Burke) Morris of Fairfield. They have three children: Edward Thomas, Charles Henry, and Mary Catherine.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 265.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
June 14, 1919
FORMER PROMINENT CITIZEN IS DEAD
Felix W. McGettrick Once Democratic Candidate for Governor Dies in Boston
Word was received in the city this morning of the death last evening at his home in Boston of Felix W. McGettrick, a former prominent citizen of St. Albans. The body will be brought to St. Albans Monday evening and arrangements for the services here will be announced later. Mr. McGettrick had been in failing health for some time, but he had been at his law office almost daily up until very recently. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Campbell, and two sons, Edward T. and Charles McGettrick, both of whom served in the war with Germany. Mr. McGettrick was a veteran of the Civil War.
Mr. McGettrick was a prominent democrat and at one time was his party's candidate for governor of Vermont. Several years ago he moved to Boston and was at one time assistant district attorney.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.