Biography of Edward Pewble Beals


Beals, Edward Preble, Buffalo, son of John W. and Julia (Rumney) Beals, was born in Canandaigua, N. Y., March 16, 1821, and came with his parents to Buffalo in 1826. His maternal grandfather was a lieutenant in Captain Popkin's company of the Massachusetts line in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Beals attended the public and private schools, the Buffalo Military Academy and the academy at Canandaigua, and in 1836 entered the hardware store of Samuel F. Pratt as a clerk. In 1846 he was admitted as a partner in the business, which was moved in 1850 from the corner of Main and Swan streets to the Terrace. The firm of Pratt & Co. continued from 1846 to 1886, when it became Beals & Brown. Samuel F. Pratt died in 1872 and David E. Brown in 1892, and in 1893 the present firm of Beals & Co., consisting of Edward P. Beals and his son, Pascal P., and William R. Gass, was organized. This is one of the oldest wholesale and retail hardware houses in Western New York, and has always been a leader in the business. Mr. Beals is a man widely respected and esteemed, and during a long and useful career has been eminently successful. He has been connected with the North Presbyterian church since 1848, and is also a director of the Buffalo Savings Bank. In 1848 he married Miss Mary Lorenz of Pittsburg, Pa., who died in 1886, leaving one son and four daughters: Katharine L., Pascal P., Mary L., Julia L. and Grace R.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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