Justice J. Addison Young was born on September 14, 1866 in Aquebogue, Long Island. He was educated at Franklinville Academy and graduated from Williams College in 1888 and Columbia University Law School in 1890. Young was admitted to the bar in the same year and began practicing law in New Rochelle. In 1902, he was elected District Attorney of Westchester County. He served for six years in that position before returning to private practice.
Young took the bench in 1915, when he was elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court. In 1922, he was designated to the Appellate Division, Second Department, and remained until 1936, when he reached the mandatory retirement age. Thereafter he continued to serve as an official referee until his death. Young served the judiciary in various capacities for over 38 years.
In 1938, Young served as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention. He also served as director of the New Rochelle Trust Company, a member of the New Rochelle Board of Education, and was a member of the Masons and the Union Club of New York. In 1896, he was one of the founders of the Westchester County Bar Association.
He was married to Ada Hudson and had two children. He died on September 24, 1953, only eight days after announcing his plans to retire. He was 87 years old.
“J. Addison Young, A Retired Justice.” New York Times 25 Sep. 1953: 21. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008). Web. 9 Aug. 2012.
“J. Addison Young Announces His Plans to Retire Soon.” The Herald Statesman [Yonkers] 16 Sep. 1953: 3. Web. 9 Aug. 2012. http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html