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At the end of that time he was appointed
health physician of the city, and for two
years filled this responsible position with
credit to himself and with profit to his
fellow-citizens. In December, l.S9(i,
Dr. YVende, on his reappointment as
health commissioner of Buffalo for the
five years 1897-1901, at once made Dr.
Greene his deputy. In this highly de-
sired and most responsible post 1 )r.
Greene will doubtless add to his prestige
as a physician and executive officer.

Dr. Greene is a member of all the
local and state medical societies, and
since 1892 he has held the professorship
of hygiene in the medical department of
Niagara University. He is prominent in
Masonic circles, having taken the ;52d
degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish
Rite. He also has membership in the
Acacia Club, and is a director in the
Masonic Library Association of Western
New York. He is well known and much
liked in social life. He is a member of
the Buffalo Club.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
M'alter David Greene i,'tis I'oni at Starks-
boro, 1 7. , April 20, 18-~>-1 : icas educated
in district schools and Union Springs
(./V. Y. ) Academy, and graduated from
the medical department of the ( 'iiirersity of
Buffalo in 1876 ; served on ///e staff of the
Rochester City Hospital, 1876-1 S ; married Afarv
E. Panel of Buffalo November 28, 1878 : practiced
medicine in Mendon, N. Y., 187S-80 ; was district
phvsician in /lie health department of Buffalo, 1882-



80, and health physician of the city, 1SS9-O1 : IMS
practiced medicine in Buffalo since 1SSO : has l>een
deputy health commissioner of Buffalo since fainiarv
1, 1S97.

SamUCl fll5C<Seml&, widely known in west-
ern New York for many years in the ministry and
in journalism, was born in County Antrim, Ireland,
in 18'->o. He came to this country early in life, and
at the age of sixteen began a systematic course of
instruction at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima,
N. Y. He devoted the next seven years to a
thorough preparation for the ministry, completing
his scholastic education in his twenty-fourth year at
the Rochester Collegiate Institute.

In August, 1856, Dr. McGerald entered the
ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and




S.IMl'KI. MCC.ERAI.n



was stationed at Conesus, Livingston county, N. Y.

After serving the usual term in that place he had
pastorates successively at Bath, Warsaw, Medina,
Albion, Tonawauda, and liulTalo. It was apparent



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soon after Dr. McGerald entered the ministry that
he had chosen a vocation admirably suited to his
talents and temperament : and his work in all the
places mentioned was exceptionally fruitful of good.
While he was pastor of the Riverside Church in
Buffalo the society's debt of Stli.dOO was liquidated.




. U.K. \.4.\DER MCMASTER

He has been twice elected a delegate to the General
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church,
attending the conference held in New York in 1888
and that in Omaha in 1H!I2. In l.SSK! his ability
and services were fittingly recogni/.ed by Nebraska
University, which conferred upon him the degree
of Doctor of Divinity.

For the last decade or more Dr. McGerald has
given most of his time to certain publications
intimately connected with the religious world. By-
no means lacking in the qualities always desired
and frequently found in ministers of the gospel, he
has in addition to these a practical bent of mind
that helped him materially as a pastor, and has been
indispensable in his later career as an editor and



publisher. Appointed by the Genesee Conference
in 188") to edit the Buffalo Christian Advocate, Dr.
McGerald found the work so much to his liking that
he purchased the paper, and has since conducted
the same on his own account. His son Arthur is
business manager of the enterprise. The paper is
now called the Christian Uplook. Dr.
McGerald also edits and publishes the
monthly organ of the Royal Templars of
Temperance. He is profoundly inter-
ested in the work of this society, and has
conducted its journal with much success.
Dr. McGerald was one of the original
" Chautauquans " in 1M4, believing
heartily in the movement, and has ever
since actively supported the cause. He
taught normal classes in the summer
school at Chautauqua under Dr. John H.
Vincent, and for twelve seasons delivered
a course of lectures there on Palestine
and Jerusalem.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY-
SjHii/fl MiGerald n'ti.f hum in County
Antrim, Ireland, June ,.', /.V.>./ .- was
educated at Gfncsce \\~cslc\an Scininarv,
Lima, N. Y., and Rochester Collegiate
Institute : married Eunice At/a Dura in/
of Canandaigua, X. )., August in, 1858;
entered the ministry in IS'iil, and held
various pastorates in Xew York state until
ISS.'i : ?iw\ a 1/e/e^ctfe to the General Con-
ference of the Methodist Episcopal chureli
i/i 1SS,S and J *!>..> : //,/,i />een editor and
owner of tlie Buffalo "Christian Advo-
cate," now the " Christian Uplook," since
1885.

+ *

Hle.van&er flfcc/IDaster has lived

long enough in Buffalo to be reckoned
among the "old residents," but the first twenty
years of his life were spent in Canada. Born in the
village of Fort Erie, Ont, in the early '40's, as a
child he could look across the broad Niagara to the
city that was later to be his home a thriving place
of nearly .10,000 souls then, though very different
from the modern metropolis. Afterward, while still
a lad, he moved to Brantford, Ont., and completed
his education in the public schools of that place.

The natural bent of his mind led him to a prac-
tical calling, and at the age of sixteen he became an
apprentice to the machinist's trade in the Waterous
Engine Works at Brantford. After a long and
thorough preparation there Mr. McMaster moved to
Buffalo in lS(i->, and quickly obtained employment



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349



with the King Iron Works of that city. He re-
mained with this concern ten years, receiving pro-
motions from time to time, and finally reaching a
position of considerable importance. In 1S7'_',
however, he received an appointment as chief
engineer of the Commercial line of steamers, and
gladly availed himself of the increased opportuni-
ties that the greater responsibilities of the position
brought to him. During the next decade he became
widely known in his profession, and established a
reputation as a practical engineer of great ability.

In l.ss:; Mr. McMaster severed his connection
with the Commercial Line, and accepted an ap-
pointment as United States local inspector of boilers
for the district of Buffalo. He discharged the duties
of this office ably and efficiently, and in 1889 Presi-
dent Harrison appointed him United States super-
vising inspector of steam vessels for the
!lth district. This position he held
throughout Harrison's administration,
and until 1S!)4.

During the thirty-odd years of his resi-
dence in Buffalo Mr. McMaster has taken
considerable interest in public affairs.
In 1*7! I he was elected alderman from
what is now the 20th ward, and served
in that capacity for eight consecutive
years. He has also been active in vari-
ous financial enterprises, and since 1893
has been vice president of the Union
Bank of Buffalo. He is a Mason and a
member of the Acacia Club, and attends
the Presbyterian church.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Alexander McMaster was born at Fort
Erie, Out., October 10, 18J t ,-> : was edu-
cated in public schools : learned the ma-
chinist' s trade at Bran/ford, Out., ls.~i.\'~
62 ; married Maliniia Cripps of Buffalo
May 3, 1862 ; was in the employ of the
King Iron Works, Buffalo, 1862-72, and
of the Commercial line of steamers, 1872-
83 : was appointed United States local in-
spector of boilers in ISS-i, and United
States supervising inspector of steam vessels
in 1SSH ; //in- been vice president of the
Union Bank, Buffalo, since 1893.



StOCktOn, well known at
the bar of Buffalo and in the social world
of the Queen City, is descended from the old New
Jersey Stockton family, famous in our history from
colonial and revolutionary times. His father was
the late Rev. W. R. Stockton, D. D. Born in



Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, while the Civil
War was still raging, Mr. Stockton obtained his early
education in the public schools, and higher instruc-
tion at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Penn. This
institution was ambitiously named, but Mr. Stockton
regarded his work there as preparatory only. Enter-
ing Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, Penn., in
the fall of 1877, he received there, in 18^1, the
degree of A. B., graduating at the age of nineteen
as valedictorian of his class. Mr. Stockton's rank
as a scholar is sufficiently evident in the foregoing
statement. His general standing with the college
authorities is further attested by his appointment as
instructor in South Bethlehem.

While teaching in the charming college town for
the next two years Mr. Stockton was looking for-
ward to permanent professional work at the bar, and




I.KU7S STOCKTt>.\



was preparing himself therefor by reading law under
the guidance of General YV. K. Doster, a prominent
attorney of the Keystone State. At the close of the
college year in 1883 he took up his residence in



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Buffalo, and entered the office of Bissell, Sicard &
Goodyear for further legal training. Devoting all his
time now to the mastery of law, he made rapid prog-
ress, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1885.
After rounding out his legal knowledge with fifteen
months' additional observation of and participation
in actual practice with the firm of Bissell, Sicard <.V
Goodyear, he set up an office of his own in Septem-
ber, 1886. In the decade since elapsed he has
made a reputation as a painstaking and trustworthy
adviser in legal affairs. He has had some important
contested cases, but he is a discourager of litigancy,
and his practice has resolved itself largely into office
consultation and research. He has never felt it
necessary or advisable to form a partnership for the
practice of law.

Without holding public office or receiving polit-
ical nominations, Mr. Stockton has still concerned
himself actively with public affairs. A firm believer
in the wisdom of a liberalized tariff, and profoundly
impressed with the need of sound money, he has
exerted himself /ealously in the presidential cam-
paigns concerned with those subjects. He has de-
livered numerous speeches, contributed articles to
the press, and otherwise made himself a factor in
the campaigns of recent years. In local affairs, like-
wise, he has taken critical interest in the principles
and practice of municipal government, allying him-
self with the Good Government clubs, Civil Service
Reform Association, and Municipal Ownership
League. He was formerly vice president of the
Cleveland Democracy. If all good citizens followed
public affairs as Mr. Stockton does, the professional
politician would lose his occupation, and many of
the faults deemed inherent in popular government
would be no more.

Having been one of the prime movers in the or-
ganization of the University Club of Buffalo, Mr.
Stockton has taken great interest in the welfare of
the institution ever since its formation in the spring
of 1HH5. He is chairman of its committee on
literature and art, and in that capacity devotes much
time and thought to the extension and enrichment
of the club library. The result is apparent to all
members who frequent the delightful literary corner
of the clubhouse. Mr. Stockton is also a member
of the University Club of New York city.

Mr. Stockton has taken a prominent part for
several years in the councils of the Episcopal church
in the diocese of Western New York ; and he rep-
resented the dim esc at the Minneapolis General
Convention of IS!),"). He helped to organize the
Laymen's League, and became one of the officers
of the institution. This body of active laymen



works directly under the bishop, and is the channel
through which a good deal of practical philanthropy
becomes beneficently effective.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Lewis Stock-
ton Wiu born at Kranslwrg, Ptnn. , March 1~!, 7,V'/ .' .
graduated from Lehigh University in ItiS'l, and taught
at Sm/t/i Bethlehem, Penn. , 1881-8-i : was admitted
to the Buffalo bar in /,S',s'./ , married Eloise Gilbert of
Glencne, Mil., April .'>, INft'i ; /ia.< practiced law in
Buffalo sin a- IS Si;.

**

<5eor<je Ibowarfc TTbontton, known through-
out the Kmpire State as an expert stenographer,
was born in Watertown, N. Y., in 1851. He re-
ceived an excellent education early in life, attend-
ing the common schools, Jefferson County Institute,
and the Watertown High School. Having thus ob-
tained a thorough preparation for college, he en-
tered Rochester University in 18(i8, and graduated
therefrom four years later. In LSX2 he received
the higher degree of Master of Arts from his alma
mater. He first became interested in stenography
when a schoolboy, and learned the Gurney system
of shorthand at that time. Most experts in the
subject agree that the Benn Pitman system of phonog-
raphy is one of the very best, and Mr. Thornton
thought it worth while to forget his earlier method
and start in anew with the Pitman Manual. He did
so, accordingly, while in college, and acquired such
proficiency in the new system that he was able to
earn $2000 by court reporting in his senior year.
He kept up his college studies all the time, more-
over, passing creditably the periodical examinations.
If college men of limited means only knew it, there
is no better pecuniary resource for them than short-
hand ; and there is the further advantage that the
fascinating art would help them greatly in their
college work, and would be of perpetual assistance in
after life.

In August, 1872, Mr. Thornton moved to Buffalo,
and has ever since resided there. In the same year
he became assistant stenographer of the Supreme
Court in Buffalo, and continued in that position
until 1882, when he was made official stenographer
of the Supreme Court : the latter office he still
holds. He was elected official stenographer of the
New York state assembly in 1X89 ; of the state sen-
ate in 1890 ; of the state constitutional commission
in 1S92 ; and one of the stenographers of the state
constitutional convention in LS1I4. He has reported
the proceedings of many important legislative com-
mittees, including the Kassett committee of 1N9(1,
whose report filled 4(>00 printed pages. For several
years he reported the Chautauqua Assembly, under a



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contract to furnish at least twenty-six newspaper col-
umns daily. His stenographic notes are written so
perfectly that they can be turned over to others
familiar with his system to be transcribed. He has
reported many conventions concerned with profes-
sional and scientific subjects, and thus requiring not
only highly expert shorthand writing,
but also some knowledge of the topics
discussed. His collegiate education
gives him an advantage in this respect
over most professional stenographers, and
he has further equipped himself for effi-
cient and intelligent work by a wide
course of general reading. In addition
to this he studied law, for its value in
court reporting, and was admitted to the
bar in 1882. He is familiar with French
and German, and has interpreted both
languages in court. His private library
contains over two thousand volumes,
including many works of reference and a.
large number of books in French.

It is clear from the foregoing that Mr.
Thornton stands in the very front rank
of stenographers. This fact has received
official recognition, so to speak, at vari-
ous times. In 1X82 he was elected
president of the New York State Ste-
nographers' Association, and was again
elected to that office in 1896. He was
made president of the International Ste-
nographers' Association in 1884. In 1N.X2
he published a text-book on phonography
entitled "The Modern Stenographer."

Mr. Thornton has now lived in Buf-
falo nearly a quarter of a century, and
has become well and favorably known
in that city. He is a member of the
leading clubs there, including the Buf-
falo, University, Acacia, Yacht, Whist, and Chess
clubs.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY George How-
ard Thornton was born at M'atertown, fefferson
county, N. V. , April 28, 1851 ; attended Jefferson
County Institute, the IVatertown High School, and
Rochester University, whence he graduated in 7.s'7 .' ,
married Delia L. Cragin of Troy, N. Y., May 30,
1874 ' wa -s assistant stenographer of the Supreme
Court, Buffalo, 181 !-S2 ; was admitted to the bai in
188:2 : was elected preside/if of the New York State
Stenographers' Association in 188!, and again in
189IJ, and of the International Stenographers' Asso-
ciation in 188 ^ : has been official stenographer of the
Supreme Court, Buffalo, since /,V,v.'.



. ZElffailp, widely known in Ma-
sonic and insurance circles in western New York,
was born in Krie county in 1842. He is of excel-
lent New England stock, his ancestors having come
to this country over two centuries ago. His mother
dying when he was five years old, Nelson was




GEORGE HO\\'AK1> THORXTOX

brought up by his uncle, William A. Whitney, a
farmer and manufacturer of furniture at Scotland,
( hiturio. His early life was filled with hardship
and disappointment. Leaving his uncle's at the
age of seventeen he knew no home thereafter until
he had made one for himself many years later.
After starting out in the world he obtained a place
on a farm, where he worked hard from dawn till
dark for seven dollars a month. A few months of
this sufficed to show that prosperity lay not that
way, and the young man sought to improve his posi-
tion by taking work as a general laborer in a lumber
camp. His duties there were comprehensive, ranging
from the driving of oxen in the woods to account-
ing, timekeeping, and the measurement of timber.



352



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In this unsatisfactory way Mr. Tiffany passed his
youth. Concluding that a lumber camp was not the
best place for a young man ambitious to establish
himself in the world, he went to Buffalo, and entered
a business for which his training had particularly
adapted him. Becoming general foreman in the




\'El.SO.\ O. T//-'FA\Y

furniture manufactory of \V. Chase & Son, he
remained with them about three years, and became,
in l<S(iS, general superintendent for the furniture
house of A. H. Andrews & Co., Chicago. Not
liking the western metropolis as well as Buffalo, he
returned to the latter city after about two years, to
become superintendent in the factory of Chase &
( 'o. While with them he was much more than a
superintendent, as he invented and patented three
improvements in school seats and desks, and made
illustrative models with his own hands. In 1871
he deemed it best to leave the furniture business,
and become a traveler for the Howe Sewing Ma-
chine Co.; and for the next ten years he was a man-
ager and superintendent of agencies for that house.



Having resigned the position of manager for the
Howe company, Mr. Tiffany became the general
agent for their goods in Buffalo, where he conducted
a successful business for over five years. During
this time he figured in a somewhat famous tax suit.
The owner of the block in which his store was loca-
ted having failed to pay the taxes on the
premises, the city attorney directed the
tax collector to make a levy on the per-
sonal property of Mr. Tiffany in his
store. Naturally indignant, Mr. Tiffany
protested against what seemed to him an
inexcusable outrage. The case finally
reached the Court of Appeals, where Mr.
Tilfnm won. The suit was a great an-
noyance to him at first, but proved to be
a blessing in disguise, as it advertised his
business most effectivcl\ .

In 12 Mr. Tiffany took the manage-
ment of the New York office of the
Household Sewing Machine Co., < on
trolling the trade of the company in
New York, Brooklyn, and Jersey City.
After conducting the office a year he
resigned his position for the purpose of
engaging in the business with which he
is now identified that of insuring the
lives of Free Masons.

Mr. Tiffany has changed his calling
several times, but he has always learned
thoroughly any business that he has fol-
lowed. In the case of insurance he
began his preparation by attending a
course of lectures in the medical depart-
ment of the University of Buffalo in
lxs:->-X4. As soon as he had completed
this course he was elected secretary and
general agent of the Masonic Life Asso-
ciation of Western New York. For
twelve consecutive years he has been re-elected to
this position by the unanimous vote of the board of
directors. It need hardly be added that Mr. Tiffany
has conducted the affairs of the association with
ei|iial skill and success, and that he is regarded
among insurance people as an exceptionally able
executive officer. During the years 189H-H5 he
,]> secretary of the national convention of mutual-
insurance underwriters.

On the personal side Mr. Tiffany's biography
presents several interesting features. Passionately
fond of (lowers ever since childhood, he has culti-
vated a garden with his own hands for many years,
partly from love of the pastime, partly for the sake
of the exercise. He is likewise fond of sports, such



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353



as hunting, fishing, and yachting ; and he is a. direc-
tor of the Buffalo Yacht Club. Devoted to science
and art and general literature, he has accumulated
a library of over a thousand standard and choice
volumes. In religious opinion Mr. Tiffany was
always a Unitarian by instinct, as he says, long before
he heard of such a church or creed ; and for twenty-
five years he has been a regular attendant of the
Church of Our Father, the first Unitarian society of
Buffalo. As might be surmised from his occupation,
he has been active in Masonry, having taken all the
degrees in all the branches of the order except the
33d degree in the Scottish Rite.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Nelson Otis
Tiffany was barn at Lancaster, N. Y., February
1, 184-2 ; worked on a farm and in a lumber camp,
1860-61 ; engaged in the furniture business as man-
ager and designer, 1804 - 67 ; married
Julia Charlotte Chase of Buffalo Januarv
28, 1S68 ; traveled for the Howe Sewing
Machine Co. as manager and superintend-
ent of agencies, 1867-77 ; conducted the
sewing-machine business in Buffalo on his
own account, 187782 was manager of
the New York office of the Household Sew-
ing Machine Co. in 1882 ; has been secre-
tary and general agent in Buffalo of the
Masonic Life Association of Western New
York since 18 84-.



3BrUH&age f essentially a
young man, has had a career full of
achievement. No lawyer at the western
end of the state is more widely or more
highly appreciated for professional or
personal merit. He commenced the
practice of his profession in the little
town of Angelica, in Allegany county.
He was born and reared in that county,
was married there, and still keeps alive
his connection with his old friends,
neighbors, and relatives in that section.
They insist that Frank Brundage is an
Allegany boy, though it is twenty-five
years since his professional career carried
him into broader fields.

His first move was to Lockport. Ten
successful and fortunate years were spent
there in the practice of the law, mostly
in connection with Hiram Gardner and
the firm of Ellsworth, Potter & Brundage. Niagara
county was a pleasant and appreciative second home.
All that it had to give to a lawyer it gave to him.
When he had been in the county only three years



he was nominated by acclamation, and elected dis-
trict attorney ; and after he had declined a unani-
mous renomination to that office he was elected
county judge. Niagara county, too, made him its
candidate for judge of the Supreme Court in the 8th
judicial district, and he came within two votes of
being nominated. Few men ever had political
experiences pleasanter or more promising than those
that surrounded the last seven years of Judge
Brundage's life in Lockport.

But for a man with the natural gifts of a trial
lawyer, nothing that politics or office has to offer
compares in attraction with the active practice of
his profession in a great city. Buffalo knew of
Judge Brundage's powers as an advocate, and Judge
Brundage knew of the opportunities to exercise his



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