Honoring the Man Who Died in Albany Statehouse Fire in 1911

A plaque will be unveiled at the State Capitol to honor the man who died after a massive fire tore through the Albany statehouse over a century ago.

78 year old Samuel Abbott, a decorated Civil War veteran, was working as a night watchman when the fire broke out inside the Capitol around 2 in the morning of March 29th, 1911.

As firefighters arrived, the fire had grown into an inferno consuming hundreds of thousands of books, historic documents and artifacts.

Abbott's body was later found on a fourth floor passageway.

On Thursday, the 107th anniversary of the3 fire, state lawmakers will unveil a plaque honoring Abbott outside the Legislative Library on the Capitol's third floor.

Photo: WNYT


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