Biography of Albert F. Aird

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Aird, Albert F., Buffalo, is a grandson of Andrew Aird, who came from Scotland to Atnerica about 1815. He is a son of Robert and Philinda (Tyler) Aird, and was born August 25, 1850, on a farm in the town of Richiand, Oswego county, N. Y. He attended the public schools of Pulaski and completed a course at the Mexico Academy, and for twenty-one years was associated with the Cortland Wagon Company. During most of this time he resided at Pulaski, and during the last ten years was their general agent for New York and New England. For five years he was a stockholder and director in the company, which caused his removal to Cortland, N. Y., where he won the friendship of Gage E. Tarbell, a native of Cortland county and now third vice.president of the Equitable Life Assurance Company of the United States, of New York. In July, 1894, Mr. Aird resigned his position, sold his interest in the Cortland Wagon Company, and removed to Buffalo as associate manager with Elihu A. Spencer of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, which Mr. Spencer had represented in Western New York for twenty-five years, being the first permanent representative in this district. Eight months afterward, or in 1895, Mr. Spencer withdrew and Mr. Aird became sole manager, acting as such until June, when William F. Osborne was admitted to partnership under the firm name of Aird & Osborne. On June 1, 1897, Mr. Osborne retired and since then the firm name has been A. F. Aird & Co. This is one of the largest and most important agencies of the society, and under Mr. Aird's able and energetic management has achieved excellent success and commands and extensive business. Mr. Aird is a Royal Arch Mason and a prominent citizen. In 1881 he married Stella R. Holmes, of Pulaski, N. Y.


Source:
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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