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of civil-service reform. As a member of
the civil-service commission of Buffalo
and as chairman of that board, he has
done work of incalculable value to the
cause of pure politics. The time has long
since gone by when the reform movement
can be successfully and openly attacked
by petty politicians ; yet those who stand
for a better civil service, who represent
the principle that municipal government
is not spoils politics, know full well that
eternal vigilance is the only safeguard.
How true Mr. Wheeler has been to the
trust given to his care, how many annoy-
ances he has been subjected to because of
his faithfulness, how many covert attacks
he has warded off with the aid of his
associates only those know who come
into an intimate contact with the civil-
service commission. He has labored at
all times for an extension of the govern-
ing principle of merit, until he has the
satisfaction of seeing nearly all depart-
ments of the city government under the
operation of civil-service rules and regu-
lations. Silas W. Burt of the state
civil-service commission said lately that
in the application of the reform to the
city service, Buffalo was a model lor all other cities
in the state.

Mr. Wheeler is a lawyer by profession and an
active practitioner. He has been such since 1S7(>,

when he was admitted to the bar. doing to Buffalo
three years prior to his admission, after graduat-
ing from Williams College, Mr. Wheeler entered the
office of Sprague & Gorham, where he assiduously
studied the mysteries of the law. On his admission
to the bar he at once began the practice of his pro-
fession. His thoroughness in all things, his accurate
knowledge of law, his care in preparing cases, his
logical presentation of the same, and his clearness
before judge or jury early attracted the attention of
older lawyers. Because of these marked character-
istics as a legal practitioner Mr. Wheeler was ad-
mitted to partnership in 1882 by Sherman S. Rogers
and Franklin L). Locke, retaining his connection with
this firm for three years. During this time many
important cases were handled by him ; and it need
hardly be added that he won his full share of victories.


With broadened experience and ripened judgment
Mr. U heeler in 1885 began to practice alone, and has
remained without a partner since. He is regular!)
retained by a number of business men of extensive

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interests, some of whom came to know him and to
appreciate his worth while he was a partner with
Messrs. Rogers and Locke. He is a faithful student
of the law, and thinks the time not wasted that is
devoted to a patient acquirement of all the details of
legal learning. In this particular he is an example

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for many other lawyers who fail to appreciate the
fact that only constant and intelligent application
will fit them for a successful battle in court. Mr.
Wheeler is an excellent trial lawyer as well as a sound
counselor. He never finds it necessary to bully and
In . tor witnesses in his endeavor to bring out all that
will be of advantage to his side of a case. His ex-
amination is marked by an admirable clearness: he
knows exactly the object to be attained and the most
direct and positive way of reaching it. In < ross-
examination he is equally expert, and shrewdly fights
his way to the desired end. When presenting a case to
a jur\ he indulges in no mere oratory, but marshals
his facts in strong array, sweeps away all extraneous

matter, and bears down upon the judgment of the
twelve good men and true" in an irresistible
manner. In a legal argument before a court his
facts are again presented fairly and forcibly, and his
contentions supported by citations always relevant to
the matter under consideration.

If one were asked to give in a word
the secret of Charles Barker Wheeler's
success in life, that word would be " thor-
oughness. ' '

Charles Bar/it r \\~heelcr was hum at
Poplar Ridge, Cayiiga county, N. Y. ,
December ^7, J6'.~>1 ; graduated from
ll'illianis College with the class of 1873 ;
7c'<?.v admitted to the bar in 1870 : manic,!
Frances Munro Rochester of Buffalo June
,!8, 188-t ; K'ti* appointed member of the
Buffalo ciril-serrice commission Marc// 11,
/.S'.v.'/, and r.w.v elected chairman of the
hoard February -I,

Urumau (I. Kttbite, a justice of

the Supreme Court, is a son of the late
Daniel Delevan White and Alma Wilber,
and comes from good New England
stock. Elder John White, who settled in
Cambridge, Mass., in 1632, and who was
a member of the famous Thomas Hooker's
congregation, was Mr. White's paternal
American ancestor. His American an-
cestor on the other side was George
\\ ilber, who lived near Danby, Yt., earl\
in the INth century. Truman White
and Stephen Wilber, the grandparents of
lustiee White, were pioneers in Erie
county, having settled there in 1X1 U.

Mr. White attended the public and
"select" schools of his neighborhood,
and taught two winter terms in the village
school of I.angford, Erie county. He also spent
a part of the years l.S.W-li!) at the Springville
Academy, intending to complete a course of study
there ; but the breaking out of the Civil War
caused a change in his plans. In September, 1861,
he enlisted as a private in the 10th regiment New
York volunteer cavalry for three years or during
the war. He held the noncommissioned office of
quartermaster seigeant in his company from August
.1, ISIiL', to March 4, 1HH3, and that of orderly or
1st sergeant from March 4, 1<S(>3, to February 9,
1864, when he was promoted to the rank of 1st
lieutenant. In January, 1.S64, he re-enlisted in the
field for the remainder of the war, served with his


regiment until the \var ended, and was mustered out
of service at Syracuse in July, 1 *(!">.

Justice White's name has long suggested legal
rather than military associations, and his heart was
set upon the law from an early day. While in the
army he read Blackstone and Kent, but of course
could not pursue his legal studies effectively under
such conditions. On his return to civil life he
spent some months in the oil regions of Pennsyl-
vania, and in January, 18(i(i, entered the law office
of Judge Stephen Lockwood in Buffalo as a student,
and soon afterward became a student and managing
clerk in the office of Edward Stevens, then one of
the most brilliant and successful lawyers in western
New York. In November, 1867, Mr. White was
admitted to the bar, and immediately opened an
office on his own account. He had scarcely become
settled in his new quarters, however,
when his former preceptor tendered him
a partnership on very liberal terms. The
offer was accepted, and the firm was
known as Stevens & White. Mr. Stevens
having died in August, 1868, Mr. White
from that time until he was elected a
judge of the Superior Court of Buffalo
in 1S!)1, was associated successively with
George Wadsworth, Nelson K. Hopkins,
and Seward A. Simons in the practice
of the law. Mr. White attained high
rank as an active practitioner at the
bar. He enjoyed the confidence and re-
gard of all who knew him ; and his
practice was extensive, varied, and suc-
cessful in a marked degree.

Though a strong Republican in pol-
itics, Mr. White is not a partisan, and
when he was first nominated for a place
on the bench of the Superior Court of
Buffalo in 1885, he received the support
of men of both parties, and failed of
election by a minority of only fifty-seven
votes in a total of thirty-three thousand.
When placed in nomination for the same
office in 1891, he received a majority of
over four hundred votes in a year when
nearly all the city and county Democratic-
tickets were elected by large majorities,
the mayor, or head of the Democratic
city ticket, being elected by a majority
of 4,587. This was remarkably strong
evidence of the esteem in which his fellow-citizens
held him at that time, and his career on the bench
has been such as to increase that esteem. Apt learn-
ing, legal ability, unquestioned integrity of purpose.

and a well balanced temperament have characterized
and distinguished Mr. White's judicial career.

\\~Iiile was horn at Perryahiirg, N. Y. , April -in.
1S4.0 ; attended country schools and Springville { X. )'. )
Academy : enlisted in the Kith New York eavalrv
in 18nl, n /id srn'ctt throughout the war, /'</>/;' <//>
I'/tar^c,/ in July, 18l>~>, a.-: Is/ lieutenant: was ad-
mitted to the bar in Buffalo in November, 7,SV/,' .
married Emma Kate Haskins of Buffalo J'\-bruar\
In. ISHH ,- ,-, w,v elected judge of the Superior Court of
/'ttf/ii/ii in tlie fall of 1891, scn'ing until faiuiarv !,
1896, when, on tlie abolishment of the Superior Court,
he took his seat on the bench of the Supreme Court.

3L. BlintitUJ is a living proof thai
the bov who has it in him can win success in the

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country as well as in the city. His own life has
shown that it is not necessary to leave the village for
the larger field of the city, if one desires to build
up a profitable business. Of course the chances are


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fewer in the country, hut that fact contributes so
much more to the credit of the man who lakes ad-
vantage of them. Like so many other country hoys,
Mr. Bunting taught school while he was finishing his
education. After leaving the Springville Academy
in 1X63 he moved to Hamburg, in Krie county, and
has lived there ever since, having closely identified
himself with the material welfare of that thriving
town. He embarked early in mercantile business,
and in IXHN established a general store. Close and
intelligent application won him success, and he is
now the owner of the largest store of its kind in
western New York. His establishment is popularly
known as "Six Stores in One."

Always on the lookout for opportunities to widen
his field, Mr. Bunting became identified with the
canning business in 18M, and to his business insight
is largely due the great measure of prosperity that
has come to the Hamburg Canning Co. This con-
cern has mammoth plants both at Hamburg and at
Eden, in Krie county. Its capital stock is $100,000-,
and its yearly output is three and one-half million
cans of fruits and vegetables, equivalent to five hun-
dred car-loads. It finds markets in all states of this
country and in many foreign cities. Mr. Bunting is
interested in various other companies. He is vice
president of the Bank of Hamburg, a stockholder in
the Hamburg Planing Mill Co., president of the local
water and electric-light company, and president of the
Hamburg Investment & Improvement Co. , which has
done much for the development and improvement
of the town. All of these enterprises have the benefit
of Mr. Bunting's sagacity and business judgment.

Mr. Bunting is a Democrat in political faith, and
has manifested a deep interest in honest politics. He
was elected to the 52d congress from the 33d New
York district in 1890, and served his term with
much distinction. It was during this time that the
discussion over the proposed changes in the tariff
laws was at its highest point. The McKinley law
had been passed in 1890, and the 52d congress,
which assembled in 181)1, and which was Demo-
cratic, made a great effort to overthrow the principle
of protection. Mr. Bunting arrayed himself with
the tariff-reform forces, took a leading part in the
debates, and became recognized as one of the best
authorities on that side concerning tin plate. His
connection with the canning business, in which he
was a large consumer of tin cans, gave him a prac-
tical knowledge of the subject, and he wrote many
articles for the press and for the Tariff Reform Club.
When his term expired his party endeavored to give
him a renomination, hut he positively refused to
return to Washington.

'Mr. Bunting is a member of the Presbyterian
church, of the Free and Accepted Masons, of the
Royal Arcanum, and of the Ancient Order of L'nited

throp fiitntingi(.<as born in the toi.'ii of Rdcn, N. V.,
April .!J t , 1844: received his education at a district
school am/ t/ii- S/>riiigri//t' Academy : taught school in
JN(il-ti~ ; married fictlic Maria Newton of East
Hamburg^ N. ) '. , September .V, AW// / established a
general mercantile business in Hamburg, N. Y., in
/,sv;,V . became manager oj the Hamburg Canning Co.
in 1S8H ; was a member of the ~>.id congress ( /,V.'/7-
!>> ) ,- has lived in Hamburg since 1863.

CS S. GarV? is a prominent character in
the political, social, and business circles of western
New Yoik. An academic education, together with
a close study of law, science, literature, and man-
kind, has given Mr. Can that tact and farsight-
edness needed by the successful politician, business
man, and lawyer. Of commanding presence and
great mastery of language, he not only impresses one
by his physical perfection, but also wins one's con-
fidence at once by his quaint, bluff, and yet adroit
manner of speech. Thoroughly schooled in all the
practice of the law, he has gained a clientage in
Olean and the oil country second to none ; and Cary
& White, Cary & Bolles, and Cary, Rumsey &
Hastings, have always appeared as counsel in im-
portant cases on the court calendars of the 8th
judicial district. During the forty-five years of his
practice he has attended every term of the Supreme
Court held in his county.

In political life Mr. Cary has been a Democrat.
President Lincoln, however, recognizing his ability,
appointed him commissioner of enrollment for the
.'!'2d district in !*(>.'! ; and during the years 18t>5-6(>
he was collector of internal revenue for the same dis-
trict. In 1S72 he was nominated by the Democrats
for representative in congress, and received a major-
ity of the legal votes in the district comprising Chau-
tauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The Republican
ballots in Chautauqua county, having been printed
" For Member of Congress " instead of " For Rep-
resentative in Congress," as required by law, were
invalid, and Mr. Cary might have had the whole
vote thrown out, and might thus have been seated by
congress. He was strongly urged to do so, and it
would have been an easy matter to give Mr. Cary
his seat, the Democratic party having a large major-
ity in the house of representatives at that time. But
he would not permit this, and refused to take advan-
tage of the technicality. This act alone brought him


many friends in the Republican party, and he was
able in lrX,x:j, when he received the nomination for
member of assembly at the hands of the Democrats,
to overcome a large Republican majority and to win
the election. In the same year he was nominated by
the Democratic judicial convention for the Mb
judicial district for justice of the Supreme
Court, and ran eleven thousand ahead of
the party ticket. In l!S,X(i President Cleve-
land, seeking to inaugurate reforms in the
governmental supervision of the Pacific
railroads, appointed Mr. Cary one of the
national commissioners. In this capacity
he served one year, when the President
made him solicitor of the United States
treasury. Mr. Cary held this office until
the close of President Cleveland's first
term. At the Democratic state conven-
tion at Syracuse in lcX9."> he was strongly
urged to accept the nomination for sec-
retary of state, but refused to allow tin-
use of his name.

In railroad circles of western New York
and Pennsylvania Mr. Cary has long been
prominent, having been president of the
(Mean, Bradford it Warren, the Kendall
\- Kldred, and the (Mean & Bolivar rail-
roads. He is now vice president of the
Coudersport & Port Allegheny railroad.
He is favorably known in banking circles,
having been an incorporator of the Ex-
change National Hank of (Mean and a
director in that institution from the time
of its foundation. He has retained in
abundant measure the confidence and
esteem of the community of which he
has so long been an active member.

Charles S. Cary was horn at Honiellsvillc,
N. Y., Noremher .,'.'>, As'..'/",- graduated from Alfred
(N. Y.) Academy in lN.' t l , and from the National
Law School, Ballston Spa, N. Y.,in 1S.~>O .- married
Sara h A. MitcJiell in ls.~>(l ; jcas appointed com-
missioner of t/ie hoard of enrollment h\ President
Lincoln in IHii-l iciis collector of internal revenue,
ISii'i-Uli : 7' '<!.< a inemher of t/ie state asseinhly in
AY,S'.; .- was appointed commissioner of Pacific rail-
roads in ISSli, and solicitor of tlie United States treas-
ure in 7<S'.V/' .- has practiced law in Olean since

the formation of a sound and healthy public opin-
ion in western New York on every prominent ques-
tion that has arisen during the last twenty-five years.
He has labored with pen and voice for the success of
principles constituting the basis of all good govern-

H. CObb has been a lifelong student
of men and affairs. He is especially noted as a
journalist who has faithfully served the state in
official positions. He has been an active force in


As a preparation for his career he had the advan-
tage of an excellent education. He was fitted for
college at Rome (N. Y. ) Academy and at Dwight's
Rural High School, Clinton, N. Y., and pursued a
four years' course at Hamilton College, having
among his classmates Klihu Root, Franklin D.
Locke, and other men who have since achieved dis
tinction. Having chosen journalism as his pro-
fession, Mr. Cobb at once began his apprenticeship
in the practical school of the reporter. He accepted
a position on the Chicago Post, and was then suc-
cessively assistant editor of the Racine Advocate,
city editor of the L'tica Morning Herald, editor of
the Dunkirk Journal, and finally editor in chief of
the I,ockp<>rt Daily Journal.



Were it not for the absorbing work connected
with a modern newspaper, Mr. t'obb might have
made his mark in pure literature. His letters from
Kurope during a year's travel abroad exhibited such
powers of description and faculty of imparting in-
formation in an interesting way as have made the

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reputation of many writers. His letters from Italy
upon the economic, political, and religious condi-
tions of that country, and especially his account of
an interview with Leo XIII., recently elected Pope,
were in great demand by the press.

His experience abroad, coupled with his \\idr
knowledge of practical problems in education,
equipped him in a marked degree for the high office
conferred upon him by the legislature in l<S,S(i, when
he was elected a regent of the University of the
State of New York. The duties of this position
were fully apprec iated and faithfully discharged until
l.Vl.Y He was appointed liv (Governor Morton in
that year one of the three civil-sen ice commissioners
of the state, and thereupon resigned from the board

of regents, the law forbidding him as commissioner

to hold any other official position.

Though always a strong Republican, an active

party worker, and a member of the state committee

and of numerous state and local conventions, Mr.

Cobl) has proved himself an impartial, efficient, and
progressive member of the board. At the
first meeting of the new commission he
was elected president. It has been said
by a high authority one of the United
States civil-service commissioners, in fact
that under Mr. Cobb's administration
more has been accomplished than by any
former state civil -service commission.

Mr. Cobb has been called upon fre-
quently to speak before teachers' associa-
tions and editorial conventions, and has
always delivered addresses worthy of the
occasion. He has been at all times a
hard and energetic worker, and has im-
pressed himself upon his day and genera-
tion. Few men are more widely or more
favorably known throughout the state.

Mr. Cobb is a bachelor, and lives in
an apartment flat in Lockport.

inilard Adams Cobb was born at Rome.
N. Y., July SO, /*;..'.- graduated from

Hamilton College in 1SV4

" regent

of the University of the State, of New York,
1880-95 ; /tax been president of the State
Civil Serriee Commission since 1805 ; has
edited the Lockport "Daily Journal" since

3obn IT. 2>arrison is one of the

most popular citizens of Lockport. Al-
though still a young man, he long since
made his mark in the community in which
he has lived all hi* life. He is identified with its
interests in many ways, and has done his full share in
promoting its welfare. His fellow-citizens delight to
do him honor, for he has shown himself faithful in
small things as well as in great. No interest com-
mitted to his care is allowed to suffer from want of
attention and of wise counsel. This is true of him,
not only as concerns things that have to do with the
material and municipal welfare of the city, but also
as regards its charities. Mr. Darrison is a man of
the people, true to himself and true to others.

It is because of these qualities that he has so
often been called upon to occupy positions of great
trust and responsibility. He has been prominent in
the municipal affairs of the < ity for some years.



His first public office was that of alderman, in which
he rendered services of so valuable a character that
he was next chosen to be a member of the board of
supervisors. Here, again, his plain common sense
and strict business methods were so marked that in
1892 he was elected mayor of the city, holding that
office for two years. His administration was emi-
nently satisfactory to the people of Lockport. At
present he is one of the railroad commissioners of
the city ; a member of the board of education ;
treasurer of the Lockport & Buffalo Railway Co. ;
and active in an official capacity in various local

All that John T. Darrison is he owes to his own
efforts. He was born in Lockport, and obtained his
education in the public schools of that city. When
sixteen years old he started out for himself by becom-
ing an apprentice in the composing de-
partment of the Lockport [ounial. But
the opportunities there seemed limited,
and when, two years later, a chance came
to engage in the flour and feed business,
young Darrison was glad to make a
change. Unremitting and careful atten-
tion to the business in all its details has
been followed by a success that could have
been only dreamed of in the beginning.
The business has grown steadily and
surely, until now Mr. Darrison is at the
head of an establishment that occupies
three commodious stores equipped with
the best appliances for handling, in the
most approved manner and with the
utmost dispatch, the special kind of mer-
chandise concerned. These stores are the
center of distribution for a very large trade
in western New York. The seed depart-
ment is particularly well organized, and
has business in all parts of the country.

While developing his private business,
Mr. Darrison has been fully alive to the
opportunities in other directions. He has
done his part in local enterprises of a
public nature, the successful operation of
which has resulted in benefit to the city
of Lockport. He is a stockholder in the
Lockport & Buffalo Railway Co., the
Thompson Milling Co., and the United
Indurated Fibre Co.


John Thomas Darrison was born at Lockport, N. )'. ,

October 20, 18H-~> : ti'as educated in the public schools ;

married Laura A. Lambert of Lockporl September ."i,

1880 : was elected alderman of Lockport in 18S-~>, mayor

in 18!>2, and school trustee in 1805 ; was appointed
supervisor in 18SO, member of the board of health in
1889, civil-scn>ice commissioner in IfifHI, railroad
commissioner in 1804, and a member of the board of
education in 1S!>5 ; has conducted a flour, feed, and
grain hit si ness in Lockport since Januarv, lfi't'-i.

S. IDcail is as well known throughout a
large part of western New York as any newspaper
editor in that section. This fame is not due to his
newspaper work alone, but in great part to his activ-
ity in politics. He is a man of positive ideas, who
always has the courage of his convictions, and never

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