Arthur C. Wade (December 12, 1852 – August 21, 1914) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
After he finished school, he worked at a saw mill where he lost his left arm in an accident. He then attended Ellington Academy and the Chamberlain Institute in Randolph. Afterwards, he read law under Theodore M. Case of Ellington for 18 months. He entered Albany Law School in 1876, graduating with a law degree and getting admitted to the state bar in 1877.
After he passed the bar, he practiced law in Ellington as a law partner with Case. In 1883, he ended the partnership and moved to Jamestown, where he worked in the law office of Judge Orsell Cook. Among his most notable moments in courts was his defense of Howard C. Benham of Batavia, accused of murdering his wife. Benham was already found guilty and sentenced to death when Wade asked for a new trial, which was granted. In 1898, after a four week trial, Wade successfully had the sentence overturned and Benham found not guilty.
Wade was also involved in a number of manufacturing and transportation companies. He was president of the Fenton Metallic Mfg. Co., the Jamestown Felt Mills, the Ulster Oil Co., and the United States Voting Machine Co. He was also secretary of the Waverly, Sayre, & Athens Traction Co., and secretary and treasurer of Chautauqua Steamboat Co. He also served as president of the Art Metal Construction Co., the Jamestown Metal Furnishing Company, the Ahlstrom Piano Company, D. H. Grandin Milling Company, Chautauqua Towel Mills, and Home Telephone Company, as well as vice-president of the Post Publishing Company, and director of the First National Bank of Jamestown and the Allen Square Company.
In the 1891 New York State election, Wade was the Republican candidate for New York State Comptroller, but lost the election to Frank Campbell. In 1903, Wade was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing the Chautauqua County 1st District. He served in the Assembly in 1904, 1905, and 1906.
- "Death of A. C. Wade". The Westfield Republican. 26 August 1914.
- "Arthur C. Wade Dead At His Home". Jamestown Evening Journal. 21 August 1914.
- Cutter, William Richard (1912). Genealogical and Family History of Western New York. Volume I. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 446–447.
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- The Men of New York: A Collection of Biographies and Portraits of Citizens of the Empire State Prominent in Business, Professional, Social, and Political Life During the Last Decade of the Nineteenth Century. Vol. I. Buffalo, N. Y.: Geo. E. Matthews & Co. 1898. pp. 284–285.
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- Hatch, Vernelle A. (1900). Illustrated History of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N. Y. Jamestown, N. Y.: C.E. Burk. pp. 70–71.
- Lloyd, Will L. (1892). The New York Red Book. Albany: James B. Lyon. p. 74.
- Murlin, Edgar L. (1904). The New York Red Book. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company. pp. 192–193.
- Murlin, Edgar L. (1905). The New York Red Book. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company. p. 175.
- Murlin, Edgar L. (1906). The New York Red Book. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company. p. 178.
- "Wade Funeral This Afternoon". Jamestown Evening Journal. 24 August 1914.
- "Arthur C. Wade, Sr (1852-1914)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
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