Biography of George Bleistein


Bleistein, George, Buffalo, son of Michael and Barbara (Stroble) Bleistein, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., December 6, 1861. He spent two years at a German parochial school, was graduated from public school No. 15, and when fourteen became an office boy in the establishment of the Buffalo Courier Company. His energy, perseverance and marked business qualifications rapidly won for him a permanent place in the concern, and in 1881 he was made superintendent. On the death of Charles W. McCune in 1884 he was elected president of the company, a position he has ever since filled with great credit and ability. The Courier Company published for many years the leading Democratic newspaper-in Buffalo and also built up an extensive printing and binding establishment; in 1897 they sold the paper to William J. Connors, who consolidated it with the Record, under the name of the CourierRecord, and since then the company has devoted its energies to the printing business, having, as is well known, the largest show printing house in the world. They also do lithographing, engraving, book-binding, and all kinds of printing. Mr. Bleistein is a Democrat, and although not active in politics he is nevertheless an important and influential factor in his party and has contributed much to its advancement and to the welfare of his fellow citizens. He was elected president of the Home Rule Democracy of Erie County in 1893, and was a trustee of the city and county hall for seven years and chairman of the board for four years. He is a 32d degree Mason, a member of the Buffalo, Country and Saturn Clubs of Buffalo, the Manhattan Club of New York city, and the Jekyl Island Club: and has served as president of the New York State Associated Press and a director of the United Press. April 28, 1886, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Wells MeCune of Buffalo.

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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