Biography of the Hon. Samuel Cary Adams


Adams, Hon. Samuel Cary, Buffalo, son of John C. and Hepsibah (Chadwick) Adams, was born at Federal Stores in-the town of Chatham, Columbia county, N. Y., December 22, 1820, and about 1823 was brought by his parents to Collins, Erie county, where he obtained a meager common school education. At the age of sixteen he began learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed for several years, teaching district school winters while prosecuting his private studies. While living in Collins he was six years town superintendent of schools, two terms supervisor, two years clerk of the Board of Supervisors, and in 1857 member of assembly from the Fourth Erie county district. In 1859 he removed to Buffalo and began the study of law, being admitted to the bar in 1863, and serving as deputy county clerk from 1859 to 1864 and deputy collector of customs from 1865 to 1867. He made the practice of commercial and real estate law a specialty, and was the legal adviser of Pratt & Co. from 1867 until the dissolution of that firm in 1886 and also of Pratt & Letchworth until 1895. His death occurred November 17, 1896. Mr. Adams became an authority on municipal affairs, was a lifelong Republican, and was for several years a member and one year chairman of the Republican County Committee. He was a trustee and secretary of the Wyoming Benevolent Institute from 1883 Until his death, and gave his counsel in aid of such charitable institutions as the Children's Aid Society, the Newsboys' and Bootblacks' Home, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, etc. He was also a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge, F. & A. M. In 1842 he married Harriet, daughter of Isaac. White of Collins, who survives him, as do also their four children: John C. of Buffalo, Hannah M. (Mrs. L. Rowland) of Galesburg, Mich., and Hattie A. and Carrie A. (Mrs. Charles A. Pooley) of Buffalo.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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