Justice Albert H. Sewell was born at Hamden, Delaware County, on October 30, 1847. He graduated from Walton Academy in 1867. He was a student at Union College from 1867 to 1868 and graduated from Cornell University in 1871 with a B.S. degree. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1873 and was admitted to practice the same year. He began his law practice at Sidney Center. In 1878, he was a member of the Assembly from Delaware County. From 1889 to 1899, he was County Judge and Surrogate of Delaware County. In August 1899, Gov. Roosevelt appointed him to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court for the Sixth Judicial District, and he was elected in November of the same year. During the years 1900 to 1901, he served on the Appellate Division, Second Department; he was re-elected in 1913. He served on the Third Department from 1907 to 1912 and for all of 1917. He retired at the end of 1917 due to the 70-year Constitutional age limit. He then served as an Official Referee until March 1924. He died on July 13, 1924, at his home in Walton, Delaware County. An only brother, Commodore William E. Sewell, served for a time as Governor-General of the Island of Guam in the Pacific.