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Buffalo strongly supported his candidacy, declaring
him to be " the peer of any man that ever went to
the assembly from Erie county." Mr. Hill was
assigned to the committee on affairs of cities and the
committee on canals. The latter assignment was
particularly appropriate, because Mr. Hill had
strongly advocated, in 1.S9."), the measure whereby
the state appropriated s!i,OU<),()(H) for canal improve-
ment. He has shown himself to be an earnest
legislator, seeking at all times courageously to rep-
resent the interests and to record the wishes of
his condiments, and strenuous in the advocacy of



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measures favoring Buffalo and its expanding com-
merce. Mr. Hill is an active Republican, and
for several years has been a member of the Erie-
county Republican committee, and of the Buffalo
Republican League. He is a believer in home
rule for cities, and spoke ably on that subject in




EDWARD j. ///.v<;.vro.v

the constitutional convention. He is also an
earnest promoter of the commercial interests of the
state.

Mr. Hill has done much work of a literary < harac-
ter, and has delivered many addresses of an educa-
tional or historical nature. Especially noteworthy
is his address, delivered before the Buffalo Historical
Society, on the "Development of Constitutional
Law in New York." Mr. Hill is much given to -the
philosophic study of the development of civil insti-
tutions, and this address, covering the subject from
the ancient Roman codification in the Twelve Tables
to the latest aspects of organic law iu the Empire
State, shows deep research and wide learning. Mr.
Hill is recording secretary of the Buffalo Historical



Society, and a member of the State Bar Association
and of the University Club of Buffalo.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY Henry Way-
land Hill was born nt />/< La Motte, Vt., November
13, 1853 : prepared /<>/ cuf/e^e in flic public schools.
and graduated from tlie University of Vermont in J.s ,''/' .
was principal of Si^a/ifon ( / "A ) Academy,
187779, ail'/ <>/' C/ia/caii^n ( .V. K )
Academy, /.v;//-,s'.; , married Miss Harriet
Augusta Smitli <>/ A',- >, II//I>H August 11,
1880 : vas admitted l<> the bar a/ Albany
in 1884 : wai elected mcinl>er of the New
York constitutional convention in ISO-!, and
(ij tlie Xen' York a^embly in 1805: lias
pnn -fift-J /aii i in Buffalo since 1S84-



)&WarJ> 3. tmUJStOU has had a

unique experience. He was born in the
United States, and educated in England,
where his mother's family resided. Hi^
original intention was to pursue a literary
occupation, and he was ambitious to win
distinction in the field of journalism.
In early years he showed a predilection
for books and study, and for several
years taught school in Liverpool. But
fate had in store for him a decidedh
practical career, and to-day he is a mem-
ber of the firm of Hingston & Woods,
celebrated in Buffalo and all lake ports
as skillful dredgers and contractors for
foundation and sewer work.

Thomaston, Maine, was Mr. Kingston's
birthplace, but his childhood and youth
were spent in England, where he attended
the National School at Liverpool. Having
returned to America at eighteen years of
age, and settled in Buffalo, he concluded
to follow the advice of his ship-building
uncle, and learn the latter's trade. In this occupa-
tion he spent live years, and the experience thus
acquired has proved of distinct service in his present
line of business. Additional valuable training
followed this, as he became bookkeeper for a leading
linn of Buffalo dredgers, holding the position for
ten years. He then embarked in the business for
himself, in partnership with Arthur Woods, under the
firm name of Hingston & \\u<><K.

The specialties to which Mr. Hingston has de-
voted his energies are dredging, excavating, and
laying water mains and submarine structures. An
enumeration of the important contracts undertaken
and successfully carried out by him and his partner
would fill a page. Among the more noteworthy



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achievements of the firm may be mentioned the
Lehigh Valley slips at Buffalo, the inlet pier of the
Buffalo waterworks, water mains at Rochester and
Erie ; and similar mains for Syracuse at Skaneateles
lake. Extensive rock-removal contracts at Oswego,
Buffalo, Erie, Sault Sainte Marie, and New Bruns-
wick, N. ]., have been successfully fulfilled. In
this business are employed a large force of men,
with twelve dredges, tugs, mud scows, pumping
barges, etc.

Mr. Kingston is also interested in other enter-
prises. He is a member of the firm of Leh & Co.,
dock builders, and for several years has been senior
member of the firm of Kingston, Rogers & O'Brien,
known as the International Dredging Co. Mr.
Hingston is an active, forceful man, with executive
ability and strict methods of business.
His success has been well earned, and his
ability has been demonstrated by the
diverse and difficult pursuits he has
followed, in all of which he has proved
himself capable and competent. His
leisure hours are devoted to literary
studies, and were it not for the exactions
of business, some form of literary activity
would be most congenial to him as a life
occupation. Mr. Hingston is a Free
Mason, and a member of the Lafayette
Street Presbyterian Church and of the
Buffalo and Oakfield clubs.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Edward J. Hingston was born at Thomas-
ton, Ale., January 22, 1844 was educated
in the National Schools, England ; taught
school at Liverpool, 1858-62 ; returned /<>
the United States, an I settled in Buffalo in
1862: learned tlie sliipbitilder s trade,
1862-67 ; married Mary E. Rees of
Buffalo July 22, 1872 : lias been engaged
in tlie dredging business in Buffalo si nee
January 1, 1878.



William 1b. tjotcbfciss, though

still a young man, even if the term be
narrowly interpreted, has already made a
name for himself, and accomplished much
good in a field of usefulness cultivated
too little by men of his standing and
capacity. He is a type of the young
professional men, of liberal education and
well-developed talent, who interest themselves in
public affairs for the public good. He was pre-
pared for college at Glidden's Classical School in
Jamestown, X. Y., going from there to Hamilton



College, where he graduated at the age of twenty-
two with the degree of A. B. He secured the much
coveted Phi Beta Kappa key, besides honors in
literature, oratory, debating, Greek, Latin, and
mathematics, and delivered the Head pri/.e oration
and Latin salutatory. Three years after his gradua-
tion, his college conferred on him the degree of A. M.
Law was the profession that Mr. Hotchkiss had
chosen for himself, and with a view to obtaining a
practical knowledge of legal procedure as early as
possible, he accepted, after completing his college
course, the appointment of clerk of the Surrogate's
Court of Cayuga county, at Auburn, N. Y. The
surrogate at that time was John 1). Teller, whose
name became familiar throughout the state by his
candidacy for judge of the Court of Appeals on the




\\-JLLIA.\f H. HOTCHKISS

Democratic ticket in 1895. Mr. Hotchkiss served
as clerk two years, 1887-89. Meantime, in 1888,
he was admitted to the bar. Judge Teller took him
into partnership, and he practiced at Auburn, in the



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firm of Teller & Hotchkiss, till 1891. He then
moved to the larger field of Buffalo, where he entered
into partnership with !'.. L. Parker, and where he has
since pursued his profession. The firm of Parker &
Hotchkiss has risen rapidly in both influence and
volume of business, and now ranks among the leading




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commercial and banking law firms of I'.nffalo. Mr.
Hull iikiss is a I -ctnrer on the law of personal prop-
erly in the Buffalo Law School.

The great problems of municipal government, so
Ion- negle<u-d in American cities, were just begin-
ning lo receive serious public attention when Mr.
Hole hkiss b -gaii ill.- real work of his manhood. To
the study of thes problems he uhlr ssed himself with
the energy of youth, the earnestness of strong con-
\ i' lions, and an honest dcsiiv to serve right pur-
poses, lie has contributed articles frequently to the
ew <>/ Reviews, Munsey's, (h/ting, anf l the
liiiffalo Illustrate.! /' V/VVM, his range of subject in-
cluding travels as well as municipal problems. In
the latter held, however, he has bee ome recognized



as an authority. He wrote a pamphlet monograph
on "Urban Self Government" in 1892, and has
since delivered numerous lectures on that and
kindred subjects. His interest in politics has been
in the line of promoting ideas, rather than in the
a< tual work of machines. He took an active part in
exposing the ballot frauds in Buffalo in
1892, and has served as secretary of the
committee on law and legislation of the
Buffalo Citizens' Association for three
years. He is also an active member of
the Buffalo Republican League, having
served two years on the executive com-
mittee, and one year as editor of its organ,
The Opinion. He is a member of Chi
Psi college fraternity, and served as editor
in chief of its magazine, Purple and Gold,
from ISKI; to 1, sill i. He belongs, also, to
the Sons of the American Revolution, the
Buffalo Club, the Liberal Club, the Indi
pendent Club, and the New York State
Bar Association. Kspcc ially worthy of
mention is his work in connection with t In-
drafting of the i\ I'orm charter of Buffalo.
PERSONAL CIIKOXOLOGY-
\rilliani Horace Hotchkiss vv./\ /'IT/I at
iriiitehall, \\~ashington county, A'. ] . ,
September 7, ISO 4 .' was educated at
Gliddeii s Classical School, /amestown,
N. }"., and Hamilton College, L'linton,
N. 3 " , from which he graduated in 1886 ;
WtU clerl; >'/ tlie Surrogate's Court of
Cayuga county, 1SK', -.V'' .- ,v</v admitted to
the bar in 1888 : has practiced laio in
Buffalo since IS'.il married KalJierine
Tremaiiic BushoJ Buffalo April ,.'.'>. 1895.



Gbarlcs 1R. Ifountlcv? belongs to

th- electric age. Within the memory of
young men a n !fl - LI nee, and a new profession and
industry, I nee, re-\ lutionizing

the world in many of its features, destined evidently
to transfoi i the mechanii of life. The magician's
tripped in this rpoch of practical
, 'i TS. We live in an age of pioneers into the most
extensive and promising realms tint have ever invited
ih. genius of man. Kleetricitv has attracted to its

^

sen ice a chs:; of men marked b\ ke 'ii activity and
American optimism. Tlu .- ems to have no

place for old-fashioned people. Those who serve it
must be like it quick and full of force. Such a
man is (harks R. Huntley.

Mr. Iltmtlev went to Buffalo a few years ago to
accept the position of secretary of what was then the



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Brush Electric Light Co. This company was subsc-
quently changed to the Buffalo General Electric Co.,
of which Mr. Huntley is now general manager.
Into his position he has thrown all the energy and
enthusiasm of a vigorous mind and body. While
making no pretense to inventive power, he has suc-
cessfully striven to master the commercial side of
electricity, and to understand it thoroughly as a com-
modity. It sounds strange to talk of the summer
cloud's flash as a commodity, hut to Mr. Huntley it
is merely that and nothing more. His business is to
sell electricity at so much a horse power. This
requires careful computation of the cost of every kilo
of electricity, for in no industry is competition keener,
or figured down to a closer basis, than in this of
furnishing electric power.

Eew men are better known in the electrical world
than Mr. Huntley, and his standing among
his associates is attested by his election to
the office of president of the National
Electric Light Association, composed of
eight hundred members. He was chiefly
instrumental in bringing the yearly con-
vention of that body to Buffalo in 1W)2.
He is a frequent contributor to electrical
journals, and is a member of the American
Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Previously to connecting himself with
his present business, Mr. Huntley had
experience in the oil fields of Pennsyl-
vania, where he was the agent of the
Standard Oil Co. At one time he was
in the brokerage business at Bradford,
Penn., and while a resident of that city
became prominent in its local affairs. He
was elected school comptroller for four
years. He served a term also as select
councilman. These positions he filled
from a sense of civic duty. He is a
supporter of the Democratic party, but he
has not sought nominations, nor interested
himself in politics beyond what the dut\
of every voter requires.

Mr. Huntley is a native of the Empire
State, and was born at Winfield, Herkimei
county, where his father was a merchant.
He was educated in the district school,
and graduated from the Free Academy at
Utica, his parents having moved to that
city. His first business training was ob-
tained as a clerk in a hardware store. Next he
entered the service of Remington & Sons, the famous
gun and typewriting-machine makers. He con-
tinued here for several years, until the oil excitement



in Pennsylvania attracted him to the Keystone
State. Wherever Mr. Huntley has lived he has
won hosts of friends, and he is a member of the
principal social clubs of Buffalo. He is a Mason
in high standing, and is a member of the Episcopal
church.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Charles Rus-
sell Iluntlev was born a/ ]\'infield, N. Y. , October
1.', 1S'~>4 : graduated from Utica Academy in ISl'd ;
7. ><is I'li^ti^r,/ in tin- hardware business and with
Remington & Sons, Ilion, N. Y., 1870-77; married
Ida L. Richardson of Buffalo June 1:2, 187 fi : was
a^e/it of the Standard Oil Co. in Penns\h<ania,
ISTT-XJ . conducted a brokerage business at Brad-
ford, Penn. , 1KS3-8H : has been connected with the
Uuffa/ii General Electric Co. and its predece^a ,
since /.S'.S'.V.





II ILL IS A'. /.I i AM' \

1UUIU3 Ik. SaCfeSOU is a type of the younger
class of Buffalo business men whose energy and fore-
sight have had much to do with the remarkable
growth of the city in the last twenty years. Entering



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business there just at the time when the "Buffalo
boom " was setting in, his rapid advance may almost
be deemed representative of that of the town. And
yet nothing has been further from Mr. Jackson's
line of work than mere booming or speculating.
His has been rather the substantial work of the
manufacturer and trader, whose enterprising spirit,
reaching out constantly after new business, and mak-
ing the city the center of operations that cover a
considerable part of the country, has given to the
growth of Buffalo the substantial and permanent
character that is its chief distinguishing feature.

Mr. Jackson is only about thirty-five years old.
Born in the West, he reversed the advice of Horace
Greeley and went East, though he can hardly be
held responsible for that, since he was but six years
old at the time. His education was obtained in the
Buffalo public schools, from which he graduated at
the age of sixteen. With the energy of a youth who
finds himself freed at last from school fetters, young
Jackson sought and found employment with the
Tug Association on Central wharf. This, however,
occupied him only during the summer. The months
at his disposal during the season when navigation
on the lakes was closed, he determined to use to
improve his education, and he accordingly entered
Professor Herman Poole's Practical School, where
he took a full commercial course, besides a special
course in higher mathematics. This occupied two.
winters, his summers, meantime, being employed on
Central wharf, first with the Tug Association, and
then with forwarding and commission houses. After
this Mr. Jackson worked for five years in a mercan-
tile office.

When he was twenty-five years old he became
connected with the cooperage business of his father-
in-law, Thomas Tindle, who gladly availed himself
of Mr. Jackson's business training and talents, tak-
ing the young man into his business at first on
a salary and within a short time as a partner. The
branching out of the firm into manufacturing dates
from 1X!)2. The first mill was built at Saginaw,
MH h. The experiment of making their own stock
in the very region where the material grew turned
out so well that the Saginaw mill was soon duplicated
by one at St. Charles. Then another was built at
Bellaire, another at Gaylord, and finally a fifth at
\ll'i. Thus the products of five large cooperage
factories in the Michigan forests are brought to
KulTalo for distribution by this single firm.

Mr. Jackson early became interested in military
matters, enlisting as a private in Company I), (i."ith
regiment. lie was afterward transferred to Company
K. and won rapid promotion. In the six years of his



service he passed through the grades of corporal,
2d sergeant, 1st sergeant, 2d lieutenant, and 1st
lieutenant. Though he has never been ambitious
for political honors, he is an earnest Republican,
and a member of the Buffalo Republican League.
He belongs to the Asbury Methodist Church, and
is esteemed and respected by a large circle of social
and business acquaintances.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY - Willis K.
[aik st>n was hiirii nt Edgerton, Wis., September 22,
1801 ; moral to Buffalo in 1$H~, and was educated
in t/ic public schools there : was employed in forward-
ing and commission houses and in a mercantile office,
1877-8H : married Annette Tindle of Buffalo Sep-
tentl'ei- :' 1 2, 1SSH : has been a member of the firm
of Tindle &= Co. , cooperate manufacturers, since 1888.



Militant lprv?or Xctcbwortb has devoted

his life, for more than a quarter of a century, to
philanthropic public service. His parents were
members of the Society of Friends, whose lives were
those of quiet usefulness : and the boy, looking out
upon the larger world before him, early determined
that if in God's providence the way should open,
his own efforts and means should be devoted to the
betterment of his fellow-men.

Going to Buffalo from New York in 1X4S, Mr.
Letchworth established with Samuel F. and Pascal P.
Pratt the firm of Pratt & Letchworth, manufacturers
of saddlery hardware and malleable iron. He was
managing partner of that prosperous and constantly
enlarging business until iMi'.l, when he felt that he
might retire from its engrossing cares, and devote his
time to those works of usefulness that were the polar
star of his life's endeavor. In intervals of rest he
had profited by foreign travel, for which his literary
tastes, and his cultivated habits of close and constant
observation, had well prepared him. His interest in
Buffalo affairs had always been most active. For
three years he was the president of the Buffalo Fine
Arts Academy, and contributed much to its success.
He served also as president of the Buffalo Historical
Society, and was active upon many local boards.

In 1K7'> the board of state commissioners of public
charities, organized under the laws of ISliT, was
changed by statute, and became the state board of
charities ; and in April of that year Mr. Letchworth
was appointed by Governor Dix commissioner of the
8th judicial district, to fill the vacancy caused by the
death of Dr. Samuel Kastman. In these new and
unexpected duties his sympathies were at once
aroused by the pitiable condition of homeless and
destitute i hildren. of whom a considerable per
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almshouses throughout the state, exposed to the most
degrading associations ; and he resolved that he
would not rest until those unfortunates were removed
from the vicious influences of that poisoned moral
atmosphere. During 1X73 he effected much in
reforming this abuse, and in the annual report of the
board to the legislature in March, 1X74,
he prepared that suggestive portion re-
lating to child-saving work in which he
directed attention to the great abuse
of rearing children in poorhouses. In
January, 1875, he made an important
report on the subject, the details of which
covered every poorhouse and almshouse
in the state except the immense establish-
ment in New York county containing
about 800 children, which was reserved
for further examination. In his report
Mr. Letchworth recommended that all
children between the ages of two and
sixteen years be removed from these
institutions, and placed in families or
asylums suited to their care and educa-
tion, and that their admission to pauper
establishments be forbidden in the future.
The recommendation was adopted, and
an important act was passed during the
session, which has come to be known as
the "Children's Law." The county of
Ne\v York subsequently appealed to the
legislature for exemption from the law;
but when Mr. Letchworth's report on the
county institutions was made in January,
l*7(>, which completed his report of the
whole state, the appeal was denied, and
this long standing abuse in the New York
state system was completely abolished.
In 187fi Mr. Letchworth submitted an
exhaustive report on the condition of
homeless children in the various reformatory institu-
tions of the state. These were 136 in number and
provided for about IS, 000 children, and with only-
two exceptions Mr. Letchworth had personally visited
every institution. He presented authoritative infor-
mation regarding each that proved of the highest value
in forming and instructing public opinion as to the
best methods of conducting this important branch of
charitable work. From year to year his labors were
continued, and his painstaking investigations and
matured opinions proved of such worth that his
published reports and addresses have become ac-
knowledged authorities in the wide domain cover-
ing the relations of the state to the dependent
classes.



In 1X74 he had been elected vice president of the
state board of charities, and upon the death of
J. V. L. Pruyn, in 1878, he was unanimously elected
president. From the beginning of his public service
he has devoted his entire time to the work without
compensation.




\VILLIAM PRYOR LETCHWORTH

His attention was turned at this time to the care
of the insane, and he deemed it of importance to
learn from personal observation the methods adopted
elsewhere. In 1881, accordingly, he spent several
months in Great Britain and on the continent, giv-
ing his entire time to the inspection of European in-
stitutions, and seeking information that might aid
him in his duties. Upon his return, his work upon
"The Care of The Insane in Foreign Countries"
was published, and found immediate recognition by
alienists throughout the United States as a valuable
treatise for their information and guidance. Its clear
judgments and practical suggestions accomplished
much good in our state hospitals and private
asylums.



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After holding the position for a decade, Mr.
Letchworth voluntarily retired from the presidcm y
of the board of charities, feeling entitled to a release
from responsibilities so long sustained. He con-
tinued, however, to be a member of the board, as
commissioner for tlu Sth judicial district. He has



T110M. /.S l.t>THHt>l<

devoted his time in recent years to official duties, to
the exacting requirements of an extensive correspond-
ence, and to the preparation of many valuable publi-
cations relating to public charities. Largely through
his efforts the state has established at Sonyea, near
Mount Morris, the Craig Colony for the care and
treatment of epileptics. His country home at Glen
Iris, at the Falls of the Genesee, has been a busy
center for charitable work, extending far beyond the
borders of his own state, wherever the needs of his
fellow-men have sought recognition and help.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY IVilliain Pryor
Lrtc/nt'oil/i ifas born at Brownville, Jefferson county,
N. Y., Mav 2fi, 182-i ; eii^a^, i </ in manufacturing in
Buffalo. 1S4S-CH : X'<i.< appointed <r member of the state



boant of eliarities in April, ISl-i, rife p>esi,lent in
June, 1U74, and president in .}fitirh, 1878 ; was />rf~i
dent of the National Conference of Charities, September,
1883 : rcceireJ t/ie ile^ree of Doctor of Lint's fnnn the



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