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Joshua Forman, founder of the city of Syracuse, was born at Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, NY, September 6, 1777, son of Joseph and Hannah Forman. Young Joshua having displayed a strong tendency to study, received a good preliminary education, and in 1793, entered Union College, in Schenectady, where he was graduated with honor. On leaving college he began to study law in an office in Poughkeepsie for two years, when he established himself in the city of New York, and completed his law studies in the office of Samuel Miles Hopkins.
Courtesy of Special Collections, Schaffer Library, Union College.