Biography of the Hon. Alexander Brush


Brush, Hon. Alexander, Buffalo, was of Scotch descent, and was the third son and fifth child of a family of ten children of Jacob Brush and Phebe Cusbing. His grandfather, Alexander Brush, a native of Rhode Island, became a pioneer farmer in Delaware county, N. Y., where he. founded the hamlet of Brushland, in the town of Bovina, and where he built a grist mill and saw mill. He reared three Sons: Joel, Jacob and Alexander, who settled near the paternal homestead at Brushland. Jacob Brush married Phebe Cushing, of Dutchess county, N. Y., and had six sons and four daughters, all of whom grew to maturity except one, who died in infancy. In 1827 he moved with his family to a farm in Lebanon, Columbia county. In 1835 they removed to Savannah, Wayne county, N. Y., where he purchased six hundred acres of unimproved land, and where the father died. Alexander Brush, his son, was born in Brushland, Delaware county, February 8, 1824. He was reared on the farm, attending the district school winters, and after the death of his father assisted nobly in the care of his mother and her family. He learned brickmaking, and also drove a team on the construction of the Rochester and Auburn Railroad, and in 1835 came with the family to Colden, Erie county. Soon afterward he found employment in the brick yards in and near Buffalo, where he settled permanently and established himself in business as a brick manufacturer in 1848, his brother, William C. Brush, being his partner. The firm of Brush & Brother continued in this business for over forty years, manufacturing as many as 12,000,000 brick annually. Mr. Brush was an able business man, and a prominent Whig in early life, but on the formation of the Republican party became one of its warmest supporters. He was elected alderman of the old Third ward in 1860, 1863 and 1865, and in 1867 was elected street commissioner of Buffalo. In 1869 he was nominated, against his wishes, and elected mayor of the city, and in 1872 was re-elected by a sweeping ma5ority. He declined a third nomination, but in 1879 was again elected mayor, and thus served three terms in that high office. No man ever had a better public record than Alexander Brush. He was a politician of the highest type, a man universally respected and esteemed and an officer whose integrity, courage and faithfulness were never questioned. In April, 1863, he married Lucinda Bucklin, of Titusville, Pa., who died in less than a year afterward. In 1866 he married Mrs. Sarah A. Leonard, daughter of D. S. Warner, of South Wales, Erie county. He had no children. On May 25, 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Brush sailed from New York on the steamer Friesland, bound for Antwerp, and on the seventh day out June 1, Mr. Brush died suddenly of heart disease.

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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