Biography of George Bingham


Bingham, George, Buffalo, the present county clerk of Erie county, was born in the town of Lancaster, December 21, 1848. His father, Henry L. Bingham, was born in Windham, Conn., April 1, 1814, and settled in Western New York when still a young man. His mother was born in this State. George Bingham received his education in the public and private schools. In 1866 he was given a position as rodman by William Wallace, chief engineer in the engeering department of the Buffalo and Washington Railroad. He was afterward appointed assistant engineer and was given charge of a division of the road. He was employed by City Engineer George E. Mann for one year in running the levels for the topographical map of the city. He was also engaged in the location and construction of other roads in the Western States and Canada. For ten years Mr. Bingham was engaged in the hide and leather business and met with marked success. In 1880 he was elected a member of the Assembly and was one of the staunch supporters of the late Hon. Roscoe Conkling in his fight to be returned to the United States Senate in 1881. Mr. Bingham was superintendent of the Thompson-Houston Electric Light and Power Company for three years. He was appointed United States appraiser for the port of Buffalo by President Harrison in 1891, and served three years and resigned. He was elected county clerk in 1894; was chairman in 1895-96 of the Republican County CommIttee and was elected in March, 1895, president of the village of Lancaster, and is also one of the justice of the peace for the same town. September 4, 1874. he married Carrie Lee of Lancaster, where they reside. They have two daughters. Mr. Bingham as county clerk has made a clean, careful, honest and painstaking official and so far has given entire satisfaction to all concerned. He is an honor to his party and a faithful servant of the people.

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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