Biography of Samuel G. Blythe


Blythe, Samuel G., Buffalo, was born in Livingston county, N. Y., May 19, 1868, and is the son of Samuel H. Blythe, who has been for twenty years the editor of the Livingston Republican, one of the best known weeklies in Western New York. He was educated in the Geneseo State Normal School, which he left at the age of sixteen to become assistant postmaster at Geneseo. He worked for his father on the Livingston Republican and early in the year 1886 obtained a place as a reporter on the city staff of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. In March, 1887, with a partner, he purchased the Adrian (Mich.) Evening Record, which venture proved unsuccessful, and afterward he worked as a reporter in various cities, including Pittsburg, Wheeling and St. Louis. Returning home in 1888 Mr. Blythe was editor of the Livingston Republican until March 15, 1889, when he again accepted a position on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, working as reporter, sporting editor and dramatic critic until December 14, 1891. He then came to Buffalo as special writer and dramatic critic on the Buffalo Express, where he was successively promoted to the positions of editorial writer, news editor, city editor and managing editor, which he filled with great credit and ability. On the 1st of January, 1897. he resigned the managing editorship of the Express to become editor-in-chief of the Buffalo Enquirer, which position he now holds. Mr. Blythe is an able writer, a man of broad journalistic experience, and a scholar whose attainments are largely the result of his personal efforts and perseverance. He wields a fluent and graceful pen, and ranks high among the leading journalists of Western New York. He is a thirtysecond degree Free Mason, and a member of Ellicott, Arcadia and Independent Clubs of Buffalo, the Buffalo Press Club, and the Rochester Yacht Club. On September 19, 1888, he was married to Carolyn Hamilton Oakes, of Rochester, and they have one son.

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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