Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Floyd B. Bartram was born in Darien on September 3, 1882, the son of Elijah and Sally Bell Bartram. He attended the New Canaan public schools, and upon the completion of his studies there felt impelled to go further. Although not in vigorous health he determined to earn his way and spent two years at Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass. He then took special work at Colgate University in preparation for law school. He entered New York Law School and was graduated in June 1908, with a degree of L.L. B. He was admitted to the bar in 1909 and entered the office of Martin J. Gray. Judge Gray had studied law in the office of the late Judge John E. Wheeler and upon his admission to the bar had opened an office in Stamford. He was a capable practitioner, but died in 1910.
Upon the death of Judge Gray, Mr. Bartram formed a partnership with Benjamin & Mead under the firm name of Bartram & Mead. He was an excellent trier of cases and the firm had a good practice. During this period he was active in politics in the Democratic Party and became its candidate for mayor in 1918 and 1920. Stamford was then a Republican stronghold, and although he ran far ahead of his ticket he failed of election.
In 1922 he was elected judge of probate and terminated the partnership of Bartram & Mead. For eight years he held this office with distinction. His knowledge of probate law was extensive and accurate. He presided over his court with firmness but with courtesy and respect for the opinions of others. He was extremely helpful to many people of small means who aroused his sympathy. It is probable that he might have been continued in office for many years, but he felt a strong inclination to return to private practice. The law firm of Cressy & Sherwood was then expanding rapidly. This was the successor to the old firms of Fessenden & Carter and Carter & Cressy. Judge Bartram, with Joseph L. Melvin, joined with Warren F. Cressy and Clinton F. Sherwood in the present firm of Cressy, Bartram, Melvin & Sherwood, with offices in the new office building of the Stamford Trust Company, on September 1, 1929. Judge Bartram, however, took no active part until the expiration of his term as judge of probate on December 31, 1930.
In his association with the new firm he was able to specialize in the field in which he had acquired such familiarity in the Court of Probate and was soon recognized as an authority in the administration of estates and trusts. He combined a high sense of fidelity and sound business acumen with an attractive personality. This brought him immediately a large clientele. In his life outside his office he was fond of outdoor sports and was a delightful companion on any golf or fishing party. His sense of humor and love for harmless practical jokes enlivened any group with whom he associated.
In the summer of 1945 he began to fail in health and on March 5, 1946, died at Stamford. He was buried in the family plot at New Canaan. His parents had not long predeceased him, and having lived a long life together they were buried on the same day, May 13, 1938. Surviving Judge Bartram are his wife, Frieda H. Bartram, to whom he was married March 17, 1914, and a daughter, Nancy B. Bartram. A son, William Bartram, died August 10, 1938, at the beginning of a successful business career.
Judge Bartram was a member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan and was also a 32d degree Mason, having been raised in Union Lodge No. 5 in 1913. He was a member of Puritan Lodge No. 43, I.O.O.F., and of Woodway Country Club. He had been president of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce and a director of the First-Stamford National Bank & Trust Company and the Putnam Trust Company of Greenwich. At the time of his death he was a director of the Citizens Savings Bank and vice-president of the Stamford Day Nursery and of Brady & Chadeayne, Inc.[footer.htm]