Biography of William Cushing Brush


Brush, William Cushing, eldest son of Jacob and Phoebe (Cushing) Brush, was born in Delaware county, N. Y., Deceniber 1, 1819, and received a district school education. When nineteen he went to Waterloo, N. Y., where he was employed in a brick Manufactory. In 1842 he came to Buffalo and accepted a position with James White, a prominent brick manufacturer, and three years later formed a copartnership with his brother, the late Hon. Alexander Brush. The firm of Brush Brothers began the manufacture of brick on Smith Street, between Elk and Seneca, but finally removed to East Buffalo, where they established one of the largest and best brick yards in Western New York. The plant now occupies about seventy-six acres of land and has a capacity of 200,000 brick daily. Alexander Brush retired in 1890, and since then the business has been conducted by William C. Brush and his sons, William H., Warren H. and S. Cushing. Mr. Brush and his sons are all Republicans. He married, first, Hannah Bull, who bore him a daughter and two sons, the latter being William H. and Warren H., twins. By his second wife, Susan Barkley, he had one son, S. Cushing.

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