Biography of John B. Armstrong


Armstrong, John B., Buffalo, the second of a family of two Sons and two daughters of Capt. James L. and Margaret (Dwyre) Armstrong, natives of England and Ireland, respectively, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., in September, 1859. James L. Armstrong, son of an English sea pilot, shipped on an East India vessel when he was eleven years of age, and two years later entered the English navy. Coming finally to America he enlisted in the U. S. navy, afterward was for many years a sailor on the great lakes, and from 1857 to 1860 was a lake captain. He then engaged in the timber and lumber business, owning timber land in Canada, and in 1894 retired from active life. His last large enterprise was handling by contract all the timber and ties used by the N; Y. C. & H. R. Railroad, for which he also acted as an inspector. He is a Democrat in politics, a man of wide experience, and a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows. John B. Armstrong attended the public schools, and when seventeen years of age began learning the blacksmith's trade, which he followed for several years. April 19. 1882, he joined the Buffalo Fire Department as a fireman, and in 1884 was promoted lieutenant; in January, 1898, captain; and October 1, 1893, battalion chief of the second district, which position he still holds. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Buffalo Firemen's Beneficiary Association, and resides with his parents at 232 Fourteenth street.

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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