Biography of Cassius M. Clapp


Clapp, Cassius M., Buffalo, son of John and Phcebe (Beal) Clapp, natives of New Castle, Me., and Eastern Massachusetts, respectively, was born in the town of Canton, Norfolk county, Mass., February 23, 1853. Mr. Clapp was educated in the public schools and at Stoughtonbam Institute in his native State, and obtained his first business experience as a clerk in a country store, after which he became a clerk in the retail shoe business near Boston, later engaged in the wholesale boot and shoe trade in Boston. In December, 1873, Mr. Clapp engaged in the shoe business on his own account, locating in Marlboro, Mass., and afterward established stores in various cities in that State and New York, gaining a reputation which still wields a power in the shoe trade. Later he engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Brockton, Mass. In June, 1899, he came to Buffalo, incorporated the C. M. Clapp Co., and opened what was then considered one of the finest and handsomest shoe stores in the United States. if not in the world. In June, 1897, he withdrew from the firm and business to accept the management of the Buffalo office of the Depew Syndicate, which was incorporated for the purpose of aiding in the development 'and growth of Depew, which apparently is destined to become one of the foremost manufacturing cities and railroad centers in the country. Mr. Clapp's wide experience eminently fits him for this responsible position. In June, 1888, he married Mary B. Booth, of Binghamton, N. Y. She died in August, 1889, and in June, 1892, he married Ella G. Chamber lain, of Franklin, N. Y.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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