Biography of James Ash
Erie County, NY Biographies


Ash, James, Buffalo, was born in New Brunswick. Nova Scotia, December 20, 1836, and was brought to Buffalo by his parents, Robert and Mary (Smith) Ash, when he was six months old. He received a public school education, became the manager of a coal yard for Charles W. Evans, and for fifteen years had charge of the shipping and purchasing departments of Pratt & Co., coal and iron dealers. Since 1866 he has been engaged in the business of building schooners and tugs for lake service. He is president of the Hand & Johnson Tug Line, has been a manager of the Lake Carriers' Association since its organization in 1886, and for more than twenty.five years has been one of the largest wholesale and retail coal dealers in the city, having also a large trestle at North Buffalo for the retail trade. In 1863 he entered the service of the United States as a member of Co. K., 74th Regt., N. Y. Militia. Mr. Ash has always been an active Republican, was elected to the Assembly from the third Erie district in 1879 by 3,000 majority, and was a park commissioner from 1882 to 1886, when he was elected alderman from the old Ninth ward. In 1893 he was elected a councilman by the largest majority on the ticket, and in 1895 was made president of the board, and was re-elected in 1897 for four years. He is a manager of the Queen City Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a director in the Commercial Bank of Buffalo, and a citizen who is widely respected and esteemed. December 4, 1853, he married Mary, daughter of the late William Finn, of Buffalo, and of their ten children, two sons and three daughters are living.

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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