Biography of Millard S. Burns


Burns, Millard S., was born in Buffalo, N. Y., April '7, 1854, receiving his education in the public schools of that city. His first business experience was in 1869, when he left school to accept a position in the office of Dr. V. R. Pierce of Buffalo, the well-known manufacturer of patent medicines. His next position was that of clerk in the employ of the Bradstreet Commercial Agency; afterward with the same company he filled the position of reporter and canvasser. In 1875 he entered into partnership with Robert Palan, of Buffalo, the, firm being Palan & Burns, in the merchandise brokerage business, which business finally developed into that of wholesale coal, coke and lumber. The firm is still in existence. Mr. Burns was married April 10, 1882, to Miss Anna E. Heather, also of Buffalo. Mr. Burns was for several years secretary of the Buffalo Coal Exchange and one of its directors. For a number of years he has been a director of the Buffalo Lumber Exchange, two years filling the office of vice.president and one year president of that exchange. He is a member of the Merchants' Exchange of Buffalo, and in 1892 was elected one of its trustees. For nine years Mr. Burns held the office of secretary of the Buffalo Children's Aid Society (operating the Newsboys' and Bootblacks' Home) and in 1896 he he was elected president of that society. He is a member of the Episcopal church, and has been a vestryman of Ascension Parish and superintendent of its Sunday school for about ten years. He is a member of the brotherhood of St. Andrew, an international church organization, and is at present one of its Buffalo local council. Mr. Burns is also actively connected with the Laymen's Missionary League of Buffalo, being a member of its executive committee. In politics is a Republican, never having held office; on national affairs always acting with his party.

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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