Biography of William Paul Colgan


Colgan, William Paul, Buffalo (born in Dunkirk, Chautauqua county, N.Y., July 4, 1869), is the son of Bernard and Mary Prendergast Colgan. After attending the Dunkirk union schools he was appointed by President Cleveland in May, 1885, to a position in the United States mail service, in which he continued until May 29, 1889, being dismissed for political reasons. Soon after leaving the mail service he began the study of law, at first with Holt & Holt of Dunkirk, and then with his brother, John H. Colgan of Buffalo. He was admitted to the bar at Buffalo, June 8, 1893, and on January 1, 1894, entered into legal copartnership with his brother, under the firm style of Colgan & Colgan, which continued until the latter's death, September 14, 1894. Since that date he has practiced alone. Mr. Colgan has won a reputation among the young lawyers of Buffalo. He was associated with Hon. John Laughiin in the defense of Bernard Murray, charged with the killing of William H. Bright, president of the Genesee Oil Works, and succeeded in acquitting James Towe, charged with the murder of Josie Bennett in Buffalo in 1894. Aside from his criminal practice Mr. Colgan enjoys a large and lucrative civil practice, being coun sel in numerous cases of importance.

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