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came to the United States in boyhood, am/ learned the
machinist' s trade at Trov, N. Y. ; married Johanna
^fahar of Trov April 25, l,f~f> ; engaged in business
in New York and Pennsylvania, 7.V77-.S'.' , has con-
ducted the Lake Erie Boiler Works at Buffalo since
AS'.S'..', and ///, Lake Erie Engineering ll'orks since
1890.




RICH A Kit HA )f.WO.\r>



IfoeUUUJ, wel1 known at the bar of
Buffalo and Erie county, was born in Saxony about
forty-five years ago. He was brought to America
during infancy by his, parents, who had relatives in



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Buffalo, and who went thither at once on reaching
the country. There Mr. Hennig's father, also
named Herman, lived until his death in 1.S71 ; and
his mother is still a resident of that city. After
attending the public schools, Mr. Hennig received
further instruction from private tutors. His special




HEKMA\ 11EXXIC,

training in the law was obtained in the office ot
Corlett & Tabor, famous attorneys of Buffalo, with
whom he remained several years.

Having secured in this way a comprehensive knowl-
edge of law as regards both theoretical text-book
discussion and actual office experience, Mr. Hennig
had no trouble in passing the bar examinations at
Rochester in October, 1876. He began to practice
at once in Buffalo, and has ever since followed his
profession in that city and adjacent territory. He-
has never thought it desirable to speciali/.e his work,
preferring to utili/e his broad training in the law by
carrying on a general practice. This plan has been
consistently followed, and he now conducts a largo
amount of legal business covering a wide range of



subjects. He does his work without partnership
assistance.

Like so many other members of his profession,
Mr. Hennig has devoted a good deal of attention to
public affairs. Always until the fall of 1896 he was
a stanch Democrat, prominent in the counsels of the
party, and active in the dissemination
and advocacy of Democratic principles.
In ISK.'j he was elected to the office of
city attorney of Buffalo, or, as it is now
called, corporation counsel ; and filled
the position with conspicuous ability
luring the years 1884-85. At the ex-
piration of his term of office his adminis-
tration was heartily commended, not
only by the press and politicians of his
party, but also by the Republican papers
and some prominent Republican attor-
neys. In 1894 he was nominated by
the Democrats for the important posi-
tion of district attorney of Erie county.
In every campaign since 1872 Mr. Hen-
nig has taken the stump. Most of his
political speeches have naturally been
made in Buffalo and Erie county ; but
he has also at times made campaign tours
in other counties, and occasionally out-
side the Empire State. Up to the year
of the McKinley-Bryan campaign he
spoke in behalf of Democratic candi-
dates : at that time, however, he es-
poused the cause of the Republicans on
account of the money issue, and ren-
dered potent aid to the cause of sound
finance.

Mr. Hennig has a social nature, and
belongs to various organizations designed
to satisfy this healthy tendency of hu-
mankind. For some time he was chair-
man of the committee on laws of the Grand Lodge
of the Ancient Order of United Workmen ; and for
three terms, beginning June 1, 1891, he was Grand
Commander of the .Select Knights. He belongs,
also, to the Improved Order of Red Men, to
the Knights of the Maccabees, and to the Odd
Fellows.

PERS ON A L CHR O NOL O G V Herman
Ilcnnig was l<orn in Saxony October 16, lti.~>..' ; 7iw,>
educated in Buffalo at public schools and by private
tutors : studied law, and was admitted to the bar in
7,S',v;,- was city attorney of Buffalo, 1884-S-~> ; has
been twice married, the second tune to Sadie d.
Bowman of Buffalo May ,.'>', 1XU-! : //as practiced
law in Buffalo since 1876.



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36. IbOVt, one of the best-known
and most successful practitioners at the Erie-county
bar, has hardly yet emerged from the ranks of young
men, as he is less than forty years old. He was bom
at East Aurora, Erie county, and has lived in that
county all his life with the exception of the time
spent in college. He obtained his early educa-
tion in the academy at East Aurora, and com-
pleted his preparatory studies at the Buffalo High
School.

Choosing Cornell as his alma mater, Mr. Hoyt
began his studies at that institution in the fall of
1877, graduating with the class of 1881. In
college Mr. Hoyt followed a general course of in-
struction, but gave especial attention to history and
political science. He applied to his college work
the same zeal and earnestness that have characterized
his entire career, and acquired during
his four years at Ithaca an exceedingly
valuable foundation for his later profes-
sional studies. While in college he in-
terested himself a good deal in the Cor-
nell journalism of his day. He was man-
aging editor of the monthly magazine,
one of the editors of the college weekly,
and the founder of the Cornell Daily Sun
a prosperous organ of campus publi<
opinion that has continued to shine for
all ever since. Mr. Hoyt has always
been a loyal son of Cornell, and has
taken great interest in the welfare of the
institution. The fact received proper
and gratifying recognition in June, 1895,
when the alumni elected him one of the
trustees of the university for a term of
five years.

Mr. Hoyt was one of the fortunate
mortals who have a decided bent for a
particular calling, and are thus spared
the trouble of weighing the comparative
advantages of various possible pursuits.
He decided in his college days to make
the law his life-work, and with that end
in view he became a student with Hum-
phrey & Lockwood, and was admitted
to the bar from their office in March,
1898. The firm mentioned was one of the
oldest and busiest in Buffalo, and afforded
a student all that could be desired in the
way of practical experience in the dis-
patch of legal business. Partly on that account,
but more especially because of his previous mental
discipline, close application to his work, and rare
ability in grasping quickly the essential points of a



subject, Mr. Hoyt made rapid progress in his pro-
fession.

After his admission to the bar, Mr. Hoyt was
asked to become a member of the firm, which then
assumed the familiar style of Humphrey, Lockwood
& Hoyt. Additions have been made to the firm,
but the original associates have continued to prac-
tice together up to the present time, and have estab-
lished a wide reputation for responsibility and suc-
cess. Mr. Hoyt does a large share of the court
work of the firm, besides transacting a due amount
of the office business.

In 1886 Mr. Hoyt was appointed assistant United
States district attorney for the northern district of
New York, holding the position until l.SJS!). In
1<H94 he was appointed by Attorney-General Olney
i ounsel to the United States interstate-commerce





\VII.l.IAM />'. HOYT



commission for the states of New York and Ohio,
with the official title of assistant attorney-general.
Aside from the two places mentioned Mr. Hoyt has
not held public office. He is an earnest advocate



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of the principles of the Democratic party, and has
for many years enjoyed the confidence of party
leaders in Buffalo and western New York.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL O G J ' William
Hallard f[<>\i was l>orn at East Aurora, N. Y.,
April 20, 1858 ; prepared for college at East Aurora




JQH.\ />. f.ARKI.\

Academy and the Buffalo High School, and graduated
from Cornell Cnirersity in 1881; studied law, and
was admitted to the liar in 1S8-1 ; married Esther
Lapham Hill of Buffalo December 20, 1887 ; was
assistant United States district attorney, 1880-80. and
WM appointed assistant attorney-general in 18!>J t , has
practiced law in Buffalo since 1883.



30bll H>. Xarhilt, one of Buffalo's successful
business men and respected citi/ens, was horn in that
city little more than fifty years ago. His parents
were Knglish people; and his father, Levi H. Lar-
kin, was the founder of the Clinton Iron Works,
now carried on liy Kingham & Taylor. One of Mr.
Larkin's first recollections is of the btirnint; of the old




Eagle tavern November 14, 1849, when he was but
four years old. This hostelry stood on Main street,
on the ground afterward occupied by the American
hotel, where occurred the disastrous fire of 1865. At
the time of the earlier fire the work of fighting the
destroying element was intrusted to the volunteer fire
department, of which Mr. Larkin's father
was a member ; and the apparatus at their
disposal was extremely limited. When
it was discovered, therefore, that brands
from the burning tavern had lodged in
the belfry of the old court house on
Washington street, the building seemed
doomed to destruction, as no water
could reach the spot. But Mr. Larkin's
father succeeded in climbing the slippery
shingles and smothering the fire with
his coat, thus saving the building,
which was then deemed a most im-
portant one.

After attending the public schools of
Buffalo in childhood, Mr. Larkin began
business life at the age of twelve by
entering the employ of William H.
Woodward, a dealer in wholesale and
retail millinery. He remained with him
four years ; and then, in 1X62, began
work in the soap manufactory of Justus
Weller. For the next eight years he
worked for Mr. Weller in Buffalo, learn-
ing thoroughly the business in which he
has ever since engaged, and becoming
increasingly valuable to his employer.
When Mr. Weller moved to Chicago in
1X70 Mr. Larkin went with him, and
the next year was admitted to partner-
ship in the firm of J. Weller & Co.
This connection lasted until April, Ix7.">,
when Mr. Larkin sold out his interest
in the business to Mr. Weller, and returned to
Buffalo.

Mr. Larkin was now intimately acquainted with
the details of soap manufacture, and had no desire
to lose the results of twelve years' experience by
taking up a different occupation. Accordingly he
established a small factory on his own account, and
set to work to build up a substantial business. In
1X7X Libert (1. Hubbard was admitted to a share in
the enterprise, and the firm of J. D. Larkin & Co.
was organized. This style continued until February,
1892, when the business was incorporated as a stock
company, called the Larkin Soap Manufacturing
Co., with Mr. Larkin as president and treasurer.
Mr. Hubbard withdrew from the concern in 189.'J.



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431



Mr. Larkin has given his best energies to the under-
taking during all these years, and has succeeded by
persistent and well directed effort in building up one
of the large and successful manufactories of the
Queen City.

Mr. Larkin is a man of quiet tastes, and has never
taken an active part in public affairs. While inter-
ested in politics, he has no desire to hold office, nor
has he any of the qualities that make the practical
politician. He belongs to no lodges or clubs, but
is a member of the Prospect Avenue Baptist Church,
Buffalo. He is particularly interested in young
men, and is fond of helping them when they show a
willingness to help themselves, preferring thus to
make his charity private and personal, rather than
to work through institutions, whose aid is not always
discriminating.

PER S ONA L C HR O N O L O G V John
Durrani Larkin was born at Buffalo September 29,
184- r > : wus educated in Buffalo public schools and
Bryant oV-" Strattoii ' s Business College ; was finplo\ed
in a wholesale millinerv store in Buffalo, IS'ntll :
ic'a.f e/i^a^ei/ in soap manufacture, as emplovee ami
partner, in Buffalo and Chicago, 1862-75 ; married
Frances H. Hubbard of Hudson, III., May 10, 1874 '
lias been the head of tlie business now known as the
Larkin Soap Manufacturing Co., Buffalo, since its
establishment in 1875.



/ID. HsblCE is known throughout
Niagara county, and indeed throughout western New
York, as one of the brainiest, shrewdest, boldest,
and soundest lawyers within that territory. He is
more than that. He is a business man of large
experience and much foresight, accustomed to the
successful handling of immense interests. Further,
he is directly and positively interested in all public
questions, a hearty partisan in politics, and an active
force in many social and other organizations in the
city of Lockport.

Mr. Ashley had a variety of experiences before he
adopted the profession in which he has won such
signal success. He is a Genesee-county boy by birth,
and attended the common schools of his neighbor-
hood ; afterward taking a course at the Tenbroeck
Academy at Franklinville, N. Y., and completing
his education under private tutors. Then he taught
school for seven years in Genesee county. But his
nature was too restless and ambitious to be satisfied
\vith the confines of the schoolroom. He was already
taking an active part in politics; and in 1H7-") he
was appointed United States revenue agent, and on
September 1 was assigned to duty in Lock-port. He
held this position for about a year. For the next



three years he studied law, and had the advantage of
pursuing his studies in the offices of such men as
L. F. & G. W. Bowen and Judge David Millar.

In January, 1880, Mr. Ashley was declared fully
qualified to act as an attorney and counselor at law.
He immediately launched out alone, but in 18<S'2 he-
formed a partnership with D. E. Brong. Later
Frank M. Ashley became a member of the firm. In
lN8(j Mr. Brong retired, and the firm of E. M. &
F. M. Ashley continued until 1894, when the firm
of Roberts, Becker, Ashley, Messer & Orcutt, with
offices at Buffalo and Lockport, came into existence.

With all Mr. Ashley's interest in politics, he has
not often held public office. He was the very able
district attorney of Niagara county for six years,
being first elected to the office in 1880 and again in
IMN.'!. He was also the unsuccessful Republican
nominee for member of assembly in 181)2 in a Demo-
cratic district. This has been about the extent of
his political life, though he is a campaign speaker of
much eloquence. He has preferred to devote his
energies to the building up of a lucrative law prac-
tice, and the development of the many commercial
enterprises in which he is engaged. No litigation
of great importance has occurred in Niagara count)
in the past ten years in which he has not appeared
on one side or the other. This may seem a broad
statement, but it is fully warranted by the facts.
Mr. Ashley has been counsel for the board of super-
visors of Niagara county, and for the board of edu-
cation of Lockport ; and he successfully carried
through the erection of new school buildings after
two years of strenuous opposition.

A few instances of Mr. Ashley's connection with
large business enterprises may be cited here as an
indication of his natural shrewdness and willingness
to do all that lies in his power for the material
advancement of his city. With the late John Hodge
of Lockport, he organized and owned the Lockport
street railroad in 1886 and 1887. This road was
for a time operated under great difficulties and many
embarrassments, but the energy and ability of its
owners .finally removed all these. In 1892 the
motive power was changed to electricity, and the
road was started and operated as an electric line in
August, 1895, just twenty days after the death of Mr.
Hodge, whose interest in the enterprise had been
most untiring. In company with James A. Roberts
of Buffalo, Timothy E. Ellsworth of Lockport, and
William M. Ivius of New York, Mr. Ashley organ-
ized the Traders' Paper Co. of Lockport, one of the
largest mills in the state. The organization was
completed in 1*9."), and the plant was put in opera-
tion in l.SDIi. Mr. Ashley was also the projector of



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an electric railroad from Lockport to Olcott on Lake
< >ui;mo. He was a charter member of the Lockport
Electric and Water Supply Co., which has a franchise
to build a power canal from Niagara river to Lake
Ontario.




GEORGE }\~. HR/GGS

Mr. Ashley is prominent in the club and social
life of Lockport, where his many charming qualities
make him highly esteemed.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Eugene M.
Ashley was born at Bethany, Genesee county, N. Y. ,
f ii nc 1, 1850; received his education in common schools
and Tenbroeck Academ\, and from private tutors ;
nnii'i'd to Lockport, N. Y., September 1, 1875, as
( 'nitfd States revenue agent ; was admitted to the bar
in January, 1881 ) : married Eliza II'. Adriance of
Lockport />r<-( -in her 29, IS 80 : was elected district
iillnrne\ of Niagara county in 1HNO, and again in
/,v,s'.; ,- has practiced law in Lockport since



Id. 38ri(K15 was born in the town of
Collins, Erie county, New York, less than fifty years



ago. He attended the common schools of the
neighborhood in boyhood, and afterward spent some
time at a select school, acquiring a good general
education, and fitting himself for the work of a
teacher. He followed this profession, indeed, for
twelve years, though he had no inten-
tion of making it his life-work.

In the spring of 18.X1 Mr. Briggs moved
to Orchard Park, Erie county, where he
has since resided. Two years later he
began his present business as a dealer in
farmers' supplies of all kinds. At first
he sold goods on commission only, in a
small way ; but he soon became firmly
established on a more satisfactory basis,
and for a number of years now he has
done a thriving business in his part of
the county. During the greater part of
this time he has conducted the under-
taking alone : but for several months in
1<SI(.'! he was in partnership with C. N.
Smith, in the firm of Briggs & Smith.

Mr. Briggs has long been interested
in public affairs, and has served his fel-
low-citizens in one capacity or another
for many years. He held the office of
justice of the peace for two terms, or
six years ; and has represented the town
of East Hamburg on the Erie-county
board of supervisors ever since 1889.
He has taken a prominent and active
part in the work of the board from the
first. In 1893 he was a member of the
purchasing and auditing committee, and
in 1896-97 he was the chairman of the
board.

Mr. Briggs is a Mason, and belongs
to several other fraternal societies, includ-
ing the Knights of the Maccabees, Select Knights,
and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has
membership in the following Masonic bodies : Zion
Lodge, No. 514, F. & A. M., Orchard Park ; Buffalo
Chapter, No. 71, R. A. M.; Lake Erie Commandery,
No. 20, K. T., Buffalo : Ismailia Temple, Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, Buffalo ; and the Acacia Club,
Buffalo. He attends the Presbyterian church.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY George U~.
Briggs was burn at Collins, N. Y. , October 10, 1850 ;
was educated in common and select schools ; married
Orcelia A. Pike of I Test Concord, N. Y'., December
29, 1875 . taught school, 1808-80 ; was justice of
the peace, 188-:i-89 ; has been a member of the Erie-
county board of supervisors since ISSft; has conducted
a general store at Orchard Park, N. Y. , since 18S- :



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433



UflUlCllC (Iflr^, prominent in the legal and
political circles of Niagara Falls, was born in Dun-
kirk, N. Y., somewhat less than forty years ago.
After attending the public schools of his native place,
he obtained higher instruction at Cornell University,
graduating thence in 1878 with the degree of B. S.
He then devoted a year to business in his father's
hardware store at Dunkirk, and the winter of LsTil-
SO he passed as principal of a school at Sinclairville,
Chautatiqua county.

By this time Mr. Cary had decided to make the
practice of law his life-work. Entering the office
of Judge Thomas P. Grosvenor, therefore, at Dun-
kirk, he applied himself with characteristic zeal to
the task of mastering legal science. He continued
his reading until August, 1881, when the position of
superintendent of schools at Bedford, Io., was offered
to him. He accepted this opportunity,
and managed the public schools of Bed-
ford with marked efficiency for the next
three years. He found a little time for
his law studies during these years in the
West, and had no difficult}' in passing
the bar examinations at Buffalo in June,
1884.

From November, 1884, until October
of the next year, Mr. Cary practiced lau
at Forestville, near Dunkirk, in part-
nership with Daniel Sherman. Niagara
Falls was already beginning to give
promise of its later industrial supremacy,
and Mr. Cary resolved to settle there.
Associating himself, accordingly, with
Henry C. Tucker, he practiced at the
Falls in the firm of Tucker & Cary from
o< tuber, 188f>, until May, 1887. For
the next six years he carried on a large
practice without partnership assistance.
Since May 1, 1893, he has been associ-
ated with William C. Wallace in the
well-known firm of Cary iV Wallace.
He has become a familiar figure in the
courts of Niagara county, and is widely
known as an able and trustworthy attor-
ney.

< hitside of professional work Mr. Cary
has been especially interested in politics.
He was a member of the executive com-
mittee of the Chautauqua-county Repub-
lican committee in 1884. In the fall of
that year he edited the political columns of a Dunkirk
newspaper. Since going to Niagara Falls he has
been on the Republican city committee several
times, and in the important campaign of 1S!I(! he



was chairman of that committee. He was one of
the alternate delegates to the Republican national
convention at St. Louis in the same year. He has
been a delegate to every Republican judiciary con-
vention in his district for the last ten years, and was
chairman of the convention in IS ;!.">. Notwith-
standing his activity and importance in the counsels
of the Republican party, he has never cared to hold
public office. He has, however, been a member of
the Niagara Falls board of education since March,
1896.

Mr. Cary has been somewhat active in the busi-
ness life of Niagara Falls as well as in law and poli-
tics. He holds directorates in the Power City Bank
and in the Bank of Niagara ; and acts as attorney
for these institutions, and for the Bank of Suspension
Bridge. He is a trustee of the Niagara County




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Savings Bank, and president of the Niagara Falls
Memorial Hospital.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Eugene Cary
was t>/ini at Dunkirk, N. ]'., .\iiri-inl*i-r .' 1 , /,s'.< ," ,



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graduated from Cornell University in 1S18 ; was
engaged in teaching iiinl as superintendent of scliools,
and in reading law, lN',:>-S'i : was; admitted to the
l>ar in //me, /A'.S'J . married Mar\ M. \\~aud <>f Buf-
falo July ~>, 188% ; practiced law at Forestville, N. .,
/.S'.v J-,v./ .- was an al/emnfe delegate to /lie Kef>ul'l:ean




FREDERICK A. 1-l'l.l.KK.JK.



national convention />/
X'iagara I''a/h \ince /.s',V7.



; . Jms practiced law at



CriCl? H. JfUllcr, Jr., one of James

town's most |iul)lic-spirited < iti/ens, was horn in
Rutland, Vt., fifty-odd years ago. lie was only two
years old, however, when his parents moved to
western New York and settled in lamestown, where
his father established a jewelry business. At the
age of eighteen he graduated from the Jamcsto\\n
\> adciny, and at once became an employee in his
father's store. There he remained for the next nine
years : and then went to New York city, where he
engaged for several \ears in importing fine watches
and precious stones. In 1ST"), however, he returned



to Jamestown to assist his father once more, anil
three years later succeeded him in the charge of the
business. This was nearly twenty years ago, and he
has conducted the establishment ever since.

In the case of many men, a business life monopo-
li/es the largest share, if not the whole, of their
attention ; and some such statement as
that briefly given above comprises about
all there is of interest in their careers.
I liit it is not so with Mr. Fuller. While
devoting himself actively to his private
affairs, he has given much of his be: t
thought and most earnest work for many
\ears to public matters, both political
and educational. His fellow-c iti/ens
have special cause to be grateful to him
for his interest in the schools of the
city. He was first chosen a member



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