Biography of Philo D. Beard


Beard, Philo D., Buffalo, son of Daniel C. and Jeanette (Burton) Beard, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., November 17, 1847, and with the exception of four years (1 892-96) spent in Chicago has always resided in his native city. Daniel C. Beard walked from Washington, D. C., to Buffalo in 1834, when eighteen years of age, and soon established himself in the grocery business with V. C. Newell. He was later alone and afterward associated with George W. Hayward, and for many years carried on a successful wholesale and retail grocery trade. He was also engaged in the manufacture of soap with Peter Gowans and interested in various other enterprises, and served his adopted city as alderman and as chairman of the sewer commission that built the great trunk line sewers. He and his wife are still living in Buffalo, having celebrated their sixtieth marriage anniversary in May, 1897. Philo D. Beard received a private school education, and for eight years was engaged in the wholesale grocery business with George P. Thyng, under the firm name of Beard & Thyng. He is prominently connected with various enterprises. In 1879 he was elected a trustee and later vice-president of the Erie County Savings Bank, and was a member of the committee which erected its handsome new building. He was also a director of the Bell Telephone Company of Buffalo for many years, was for four years engaged in the manufacture of paper in Chicago, was an organizer and one of the first directors of the Queen City Gas Light Company, and was supervisor of the old Tenth ward for six years. In politics he is a Republican. He is one of the representative men of Buffalo, and for one term was president of the Buffalo Library and for several years one of its trustees and real estate commissioners.

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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