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position. He was chairman of the com-
mittee on the governor and other state
officers, a member of the committees on
judiciary and on rules, and also one of
the special committee to prepare an ad-
dress to the people of the state setting
forth the work accomplished by the con-
vention.

Mr. McMillan's success has been
largely due to a high sense of personal
and professional honor, and to untiring
industry, coupled with a sagacity that
enables him to direct and utilize other
men. As a lawyer he takes high rank,
as his frequent appearance in the highest
courts of the state and nation fully at-
tests. No member of the legal profes-
sion possesses the confidence and esteem
of the bench and bar in a greater de-
gree. He has a kind and considerate,
nature, but it does not blind him to his
duty, nor .swerve him from it. As a poli-
tician he has had few equals, for he has
demonstrated that a man may enter poli-
tics, and discharge the duties of political
life, with untarnished honor. As a
scholar he has tine literary discrimination, and the
cultured tendencies of his mind are mirrored in
a choice and well-selected library at his home.
For some years past he has devoted much of his
leisure to the study of Scottish history and litera-
ture, and his collection of works relating to this
subject takes high rank among similar collections in
America.

Mr. McMillan has been president of the Buffalo
Library, and was one of the managers of that asso-
ciation during the erection of the library build ing
and the Hotel Iroquois. He is a manager of the
Buffalo State Hospital, a trustee of the State Normal
School, a member of the Buffalo Historical Society,
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In 1888, 1892, and again in 1X9(1, he was chosen
at the Republican state convention one of the alter-
nate delegates at large to represent the state in the
Republican national convention. He has been a
member of the Republican state committee ; belongs
to the American and the state bar associations ; and
for twelve years was one of the examiners of appli-
cants for admission to the bar. He is a member of
the Presbyterian church, the Buffalo and Liberal
clubs, the ("hi Psi fraternity, the Consistory, and
the Temple. He has two sons, Morton and Ross.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL O G V Daniel Hugh
McMillan was born at York, N. Y. ; was educated
at Le Roy Academv and Cornell University : studied
law in Buffalo, and was admitted to the bar in 1871 :
r.-'i/.v state senator, 1886-87 ; was chosen alternate
delegate at large to the Republican national conven-
tions of 1888, 1892, and ISM, and dele-
gate at large to the state constitutional con-
vention of 18f>4 /"'>' practiced law in
Bujf'alo since 1871 ; married Delphia
fackson of Sandusky, N. Y.



Marcy formed a partnership with Emory P. Close.
The firm of Marcy & Close has existed ever since,
and has built up, from the substantial foundation
afforded by the original clientage of the associating
members, an imposing column of court litigation
and general office practice. Mr. Marcy was ap-
pointed assistant district attorney of Erie county by
George T. Quinby, serving two terms or six years
altogether, from 1887 to 1893. In that responsible
position he confirmed his previous reputation as an
able and trustworthy guardian of legal rights.

It is evident from all this that Mr. Marcy is a
highly successful attorney : but he is a good deal
more than that. From the beginning of his active
career he has interested himself in various matters
connected with the civic welfare, and has been a
power for good in the endless struggle with the foes




Mtlltam %, /IDarcs, one of the

most successful of the younger lawyers at
the Erie-county bar, was born in Madi-
son county, New York, in 1858. He
was taken to Lockport during infancy,
and lived there until he was twelve years
old. Moving to Buffalo in 1X7(1, he
completed his education in the public
schools of that city, graduating from the
high school in 1X76. He had decided
to follow the legal profession, and with
that end in view he entered an office
soon after his graduation from the high
school, and read law for three years. In
1879 he was admitted to the bar.

Mr. Marcy was only twenty-one years
old at this time, but he determined to
make an early start on his professional
career, and opened an office at once in
Buffalo for the general practice of law.
He had no associate for the first four
years, but by 1883 his business had as-
sumed such proportions that he thought
it desirable to form a partnership. He
did so, accordingly, with Joseph V. Sea-
ver, and the firm of Seaver & Man \
carried on a successful practice until

1886. Mr. Marcy then associated himself with of honest government. Believing that the ends
Manly C. Green. The partnership of Green & sought by all good citi/.ens may be most effectively
Marcy continued until the senior partner was elected secured through party co-operation, and convinced
to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1X91, when Mr. that the Republican party is altogether the best



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organization for the purpose, Mr. Marcy has been
one of the leading advisers among the younger men
who shape the policy of the Republican party. He
is a member of the Buffalo Republican League, and
has been vice president of the same. The cause of
civil-service reform appealed to him powerfully, and
lie was appointed by Mayor Becker one of the civil-
service commissioners.

Aside from his profession and from political and
public affairs, Mr. Marcy has concerned himself with
various forms of social life. He is a Mason, attend-
ing Ancient Landmark Lodge, No. 441 ; and an
Odd Fellow, attending Niagara Lodge, No. 25. He
is a member of the Buffalo, Liberal, and Thursday
clubs, and of the Idle\vood Association. He be-
longs, also, to the Buffalo Historical Society, and to
the Sons of the American Revolution. He has been
a trustee of the Buffalo Library, and is now a trustee
of the Buffalo School of Pedagogy.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY William Lake
Mtirc\ 7.w.v I'urii at Peterboro, N. Y., August 26,
1858 ; was educated in the public schools of Lockport
and Buffalo, graduating from the Buffalo High School
1/1 IS1G; was admitted to the bar in 1819; was as-
sistant district attorney of Erie county, 1887-93 ;
/narried Carrie Chillis of Medina, N. Y., October 7,
1885 ; has practiced law in Buffalo since 1879.



S>. flDarSball, the son of a distin-
guished lawyer, has inherited his father's legal
talents, and has perpetuated the family fame in the
annals of the Buffalo bar. His ancestors were
French-Italian on one side and English on the
other. Mr. Marshall's father, Orsamus H. Marshall,
was not only a lawyer of ability, but also an histor
ical scholar of renown. How important his work in
American history was may be seen in the circum-
stance that Francis Parkman, in the later editions of
his historical writings, changed numerous passages
in consequence of Mr. Marshall's researches. It i^.
hardly too much to say that Orsamus Marshall, in
certain departments of American history, was the
foremost scholar of his day.

With such a family prestige to maintain, Charles
Marshall needed the best of educations. This he
obtained. Thorough training in both public and
private schools, added to the general culture uncon-
sciously absorbed in the atmosphere of a cultivated
home, enabled him to make the most of his special
professional preparation. The public schools of
Buffalo, Springside Academy, near Auburn, N. Y.,
and the famous Hopkins Grammar School at
New Haven, Conn., amply qualified him to take
up the study of law without the interposition of a



college course. He went through the Albany Law
School, accordingly, in the years that many young
men now spend in college, and was admitted to the
bar in 1864.

At that time Orsamus H. Marshall was carrying
on an extensive practice at the Erie-county bar,
and he was glad of an opportunity to receive able
assistance by taking his son into partnership. The
firm of O. H. & C. D. Marshall served many clients
acceptably for about three years, or until the senior
partner was appointed clerk of the United States
District Court. After carrying on alone for a year
both his own and his father's practice Mr. Marshall
wisely sought assistance, and began his long associa-
tion with Spencer Clinton by forming with him, in
1868, the firm of Marshall & Clinton. This was
the style until 1873, when Robert P. Wilson was
admitted to the firm, and the name became Mar-
shall, Clinton & Wilson. This association was dis-
solved in 1892, and for a short time thereafter
Messrs. Marshall and Clinton practiced together as
before. In 1-sOo they admitted to the firm Adolph
Keliadow, who had studied law with them some
years earlier ; and the present familiar style of Mar-
shall, Clinton &: Rebadow was thus acquired. The
three attorneys so associated admirably complement
each other, and constitute together one of the
strongest firms in western New York. Mr. Mar-
shall concerns himself more or less actively with all
the business of his firm, but he has paid special
attention for many years to the law of real property,
and to the management of trust estates. He has
been the attorney of the Buffalo Savings Bank since
1ST*, as his father was for twenty-eight years before
that date.

Mr. Marshall is one of the best-known clubmen
in Buffalo, resorting habitually to the Buffalo Club
( of which he has been a director), the Saturn Club,
and others. He has a summer residence on Beaver
island in the Niagara river, and his friends deem
I leaver Lodge" more attractive than any club.
This property Mr. Marshall acquired on the disso-
lution of the Beaver Island Club, of which he was
director and treasurer when Grover Cleveland was
president. Mr. Marshall was one of the founders
of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, and has
been an officer in the organization from the first.
He was a director of the Buffalo Library for several
years, and in 1887 was elected a member of the
real-estate committee. He did not favor, however,
the use of the property of the association for hotel
purposes, and resigned from the board in 1888. He
is at present a director of the Buffalo Fine Arts
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City Cemetery, and the Third National Bank. He
has also served as trustee, treasurer, and vice presi-
dent of the Thomas Asylum for orphan Indian
children on the Cattaraugus reservation.

Mr. Marshall has been for many years one of the
trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo,
and was prominently identified with the
movement that resulted in the removal
of the church from its former location,
where the Erie County Savings Bank
now stands, to its present site on the
Circle. This step was bitterly opposed
by some of the members of the society,
and entailed a long legal contest, which
Mr. Marshall's law firm, acting in behalf
of the trustees, conducted to a successful
issue.

Mr. Marshall takes great interest in
early American history, and has one of
the richest private libraries in this sub-
ject anywhere to be found. His father
established the library years ago, and
collected from a multitude of sources
early and rare pieces of Americana.
Since his father's death Mr. Marshall has
continued the search for choice editions,
and has enriched the library in various
respects.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Charles DcAngelis Marshall was. barn
at Buffalo November 14, 1841 : was edu-
cated at public and private schools ; gradu-
ated from the Albany Law School, and
was admitted to the bar in 1X<>4 , /ias
practiced law in Buffalo since 1864-



price H. /IDatteson has lived in

Buffalo over forty years, has practiced
law there thirty-five years, and has made
himself well and favorably known throughout west-
ern New York. He was born in Darien, Genesee
county, in 1840, and spent his boyhood in that
town. He obtained his early education in one of
the little red schoolhouses that dot the country
landscape, and attended for two years Darien Acad-
emy, an institution that was never very robust, and
that pined away and died long ago. His scho-
lastic training was not carried further, and was thus
inadequate to the needs of a professional man.
Fortunately Mr. Matteson has a studious disposition
and love of learning for its own sake, so that the
scanty stock of knowledge originally acquired in
the schools of his youth has been augmented
throughout his life by systematic and persistent



reading. Literature has always been one of his
delights, and he is well acquainted with the standard
works of English and American authors.

At the age of fifteen, in 1855, Mr. Matteson left
the country for the attractions of city life. Buffalo
was growing rapidly at that time, almost doubling




CHARLES 0. MARSHALL

its population in the decade before the Civil War ;
and foretokens of its later prosperity were already at
hand. Deciding that a young man who should
study law and grow up with the city might reason-
ably expect to see his professional practice expand
with the population, Mr. Matteson entered the office
of Houghton & Clark, Buffalo, and read law dili-
gently for several years. His preparatory studies
had been insufficient, as we have seen, and he was
unable to avail himself of a law school ; but he
passed the bar examinations in due season, and be-
gan to practice in Buffalo in 18(il.

Mr. Matteson was then twenty-one years of age,
and thus obtained an early start on his professional
career. In lS(i'2-(>4 he was associated with



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George W. Houghton, with whom he had studied law,
under the firm name of Houghton & Matteson ; but
otherwise he has practiced alone. The process of
building up a legal clientage is not easy, but Mr.
Matteson surmounted one obstacle after another un-
til his position at the bar was well assured. So




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prominent, indeed, had he become by the year 1*77
that he was mentioned as a suitable candidate for
the position of city attorney ; and he was elected to
the office for a term of two years, 1878-79.

Mr. Matteson has found relaxation from profes-
sional cares in various fraternal societies. He be-
longs to the Order of United Friends and to the
Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is also a
member of Queen City Lodge, No. :!.">*, !'. Ov A. M.,
and of Keystone Chapter, No. 162, R. A. M. He
has attended for many years the Delaware Avenue
Methodist Episcopal Church in Buffalo. His social
life is divided between Buffalo, where most of his
practice is carried on and where he usually lives in
winter, and Darien, his native town in Genesee



county. He is fond of country life, especially as it
is found in Darien ; and he takes delight in spend-
ing the summer months amid the scenes of his boy-
hood.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Price A.
Matteson was born at Darien, N. Y., January 12,
1840 ; was educated in district schools
ami Darien Academv ; moved to Buffalo
in IS.'i.'t : studied law, and was admitted
to the bar in 1S61 ; married Frances E.
Brown of Buffalo May 20, 1805 ; was a
member of the Erie-county board of su-
pervisors in 1864, anif fit}' attorney of
Buffalo, 1878-79 : has practiced law in
Buffalo since 1861.



6. IPanftOW, a commis-
sioner of public works, and otherwise
prominent in the political and commer-
cial life of Buffalo, was born near Feld-
berg, in the grand duchy of Mecklen-
burg-Strelitz, Germany, in 1851. When
he was thirteen years of age he came to
this country, whither two brothers had
preceded him. Forced to look for em-
ployment at once, he became an appren-
tice in the bakery and confectionery
business, and for a long time followed
this calling under various employers.
His work prevented school attendance
during the day, but he did what he
could to remedy this privation by at-
tending an evening school. By the year
1880, when he was twenty-nine years
old, Mr. Pankow felt that he had worked
for other people long enough, and that
it was time to make a beginning for him-
self if he was ever to get ahead in the
world. He set up a grocery and saloon,
accordingly, in the part of Buffalo where he was
well known, and soon had his business on a secure
footing. In 1885 he moved his store to its present
location at the corner of William and Pratt streets,
where he carries on a large and growing business.

The grocery, however, is only one of several
enterprises engaging Mr. Pankow's time. He has
been connected with the Harmonia Mutual Fire
Insurance Co. since its organization in 1877, and
has been president of the company continuously
since January, ISfSli. In 1S.S2 he acquired an
interest in the Clinton Co-operative Brewing Co.,
and has been president of the concern since (ami
ary, l<S,x:!, with the exception of the year ls,x.~>.
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Bottling Co., Limited, which manufactures all kinds
of "soft" and carbonated drinks. Since May,
1890, he has been president of the Brewers' Asso-
ciation of Buffalo. He is one of the trustees of the
United States Brewers' Association, having been
elected to the board at Philadelphia, in 1895, for
a term of three years.

A man possessed of such business ability as the
foregoing record necessarily ascribes to Mr. Pankow,
cannot long keep out of politics ; especially if such
ability be united to uprightness of character and
genial personal qualities. All these conditions
coexist in Mr. Pankow, and his political success is
only what might have been expected. He first
came prominently into public notice in the fall of
1883, when he was elected alderman from the old
5th ward for the term of 1884-85. After that he
held no official position for a number
of years, though he continued to be an
active force in the counsels of Republi-
can leaders in his part of the city. In
the fall of 1894 he received the nom-
ination for the important position of
commissioner of public works, and was
elected for a term of three years begin-
ning January 1, 1895.

Mr. Pankow is highly sociable in his
nature and habits, and belongs to various
organizations designed to satisfy this
healthy instinct of mankind. Among
these may be mentioned the Masonic
order, the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and the Ancient Order of
United Workmen. He is a member of
the Evangelical Lutheran St. John's
Church.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY -
Charles George Pankow was born near
Feldberg, Germany, January 37, 1851 ;
/earned the baker's and confectioner's
trade, and worked at the same, 1868-80 :
married Mary Graf of Tonawanda, N. Y. ,
June 30, 1870 ; has conducted a grocerv
business in Buffalo since 1880 ; was <?/-
derman from the 5th wan/, Buffalo,
1 88 4-85 ; was elected commissioner of
public works, Buffalo, in November, 1804,
for the term 18f>~>-f)l'.



for six years inspector of rifle practice in the 74th
regiment.

Dr. Smith is an Ohio man by birth, but went to
Buffalo when a boy, and has since resided in the
Queen City. He attended the public schools,
including the high school, and afterwards entered
the medical department of the University of Buffalo.
He pursued the regular three-year course, and passed
his examinations ; but was not permitted to take his
degree, as he had not then attained the age of
twenty-one. The degree of M. D. was duly con-
ferred upon him the year following. Dr. Smith's
remarkable maturity of mind, and natural talent
for the science of medicine, are shown by the early
age at which he graduated, and especially by his
high rank on commencement day. He took the
first Stoddard prize for the best examination in




'ICC 1b. Smitb ^ well known in
Buffalo in both professional and social circles. As
a medical practitioner and scientist he has won
deserved repute, while in military circles he has
attained fame as an expert marksman, having been



matcria medica, and shared the Fillmore prize for
the best thesis.

Wisely concluding that at his age he could
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professional knowledge, Dr. Smith went to New
York, and matriculated at the College of Physicians
and Surgeons, the medical department of Columbia
University. Having graduated thence in 1881, he
returned to Buffalo to begin his professional work.
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LEE H. SMITH

Dr. Smith has confined his practice to special
lines, chiefly of a surgical nature. Early in his pro-
fessional career he was appointed surgeon in Dr.
Pierce's Palace Hotel. This magnificent hostelry
was destroyed by fire in 1881, and in its place was
erected the Invalids' Hotel, with which Dr. Smith
has been connected from the first. He has also
been for seven years vice president of the World's
Dispensary Medical Association, an auxiliary of the
hospital. His opportunities there for varied practice
have been numerous and valuable.

I )r. Smith belongs to the eclectic school of medi-
cine, adopting what is best from all schools. He is
pivMilent of the board of medical examiners repre-
senting the Eclectic Medical Society of the State



of New York. He has written much on subjects
connected with his profession. He is a prominent
member of various scientific clubs, having been
president of the Buffalo Microscopical Club one
year, and of the state Eclectic medical society two
years. He has been first vice president of the Buf-
falo Society of Natural Sciences for the
past two years, and devotes all his leisure
hours to this institution.

Dr. Smith is an enthusiastic rifleman,
and was a member of the 74th regi-
ment's rifle team that won the trophy of
the state for four successive years. His
relations with the military entitle him to
the rank of captain. He is a member of
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of the Buf-
falo Club, and of Ancient Landmark
Lodge, F. & A. M.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Lee Herbert Smith was horn at Con-
ncai/f, O. , August 10, 1856 ; moved to
Buffalo in 1808 : graduated from the
medical department of tJie University of
Buffalo in 1S11 ', and from the College of
Phvsicians and Surgeons. New York city,
in 1881 : married Carrie Emma Lacy of
Buffalo October ij, 1880 ; has been vice
president of the World's Dispensary Med-
ical Association since 1889.



30blt StrOOtman, who has been
identified with the shoe industry of Buf-
falo as a manufacturer for over twenty
years, was born in the Queen City of
the Lakes. His people are old Buffalo-
nians, his grandfather having cultivated
a farm in a part of the city that is
now covered with business blocks. Mr.
Strootman himself was born, and lived
for over forty years, in the same house that shel-
tered his mother from her childhood.

After attending Public School No. 7, and later a
private school, Mr. Strootman at the age of fourteen
closed his books to learn his father's business. The
latter was for many years a manufacturer of custom
shoes, and had in his service some of the best shoe-
makers of the old world. In such a school Mr.
Strootman could not fail to learn the business per-
fectly in every detail ; and the seven years that he
spent in his father's employment gave him the finest
possible training for his career as a manufacturer.
In addition to this long experience he spent about
eighteen months with John Dorschel <5t Co. of Buf-
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department. Soon after attaining his majority he
began business for himself, having saved an amount
of capital that most people would deem wholly in-
adequate. He knew the business so thoroughly,
however, and exercised so much care and judgment
in his ventures, that success attended his efforts from
the first. He enlarged his operations gradually, as
his trade relations extended and his capital increased,
until to-day his goods are in demand not only in
western New York, but in the South, the West, and
the Northwest as far as the Pacific coast. His four-
teen experienced shoe salesmen reside at convenient
points in various states, and visit each important
town and city at frequent intervals. For this pur-
pose samples of new styles and shapes are made up
twice a year, and displayed by the salesmen six



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