Biography of William H. Conboy


Conboy, William H., Grand Island, is one of the leading and popular young men of the town of Grand Island, and supervisor of that town. He was born in the city of Buffalo, November 14, 1871. His father, Thomas Conboy, was of Irish birth, being born in Ireland, March 10, 1844, a son of Patrick Conboy, who came to America in 1850 and spent several years in Buffalo where he held the position of foreman and timekeeper for Runnel & Co., contractors; being tired of city life he resolved to purchase a farm, and Grand Island was a booming place at this time, for its timber which was cut and left the land new and fertile; and Mr. Conboy, a man of shrewd ideas, purchased his farm of 115 acres, where he foresaw the thrifty little Island of to-day. His wife, Mary Judge, the only daughter of William Judge, one of the leading and most noted men of their county, followed her husband to this country but the climate not agreeing with her, she lived but a few months to enjoy its freedom. Their only son, Thomas, was left to the care of his grandfather, who reared and educated him in a college at Dublin, where he graduated at the age of nineteen, when be came to America and secured a position in Buffalo where he remained until 1871, when he also purchased a farm of 60 acres on Grand Island, where he remained with his family until the time of his sudden and sad death, March 28, 1892, when the waters of the Erie Canal claimed him as their victim. He was actively interested in the political welfare of his town and county, affiliating with the Democratic party; he was a member of the C. M. B. A. His wife, a Miss Brown, was born in England in 1848, daughter of William Brown, who came to America with his family in 1854. The children of Thomas and his wife are William, Frank, Mary, Frances, Katherine, Edward, Thomas, Ella, Elizabeth, Albert and Gertrude. William H. Conboy received his education in the common schools until the age of nine, when he entered St. Joseph's College, Buffalo, and remained there until he graduated, receiving the gold medal as the brightest in his class. His father was so well pleased with his son's success and his many manly ways, that, prompted by the brothers of St. Joseph's he determined to send his boy to Manhattan College, New York; so in the fall off to college William went and took a three years' course, graduating with honors June 18, 1890. After the death of his father he assumed management of the farm affairs; then began the successful organization of the Farmers' Alliance in his own town, and his worthy efforts have not been without reward; he is now secreretary and purchasing agent for the association. In 1895 he organized a stock company with a capital of $25,000 for the purpose of manufacturing dairy butter. The company is known as the Grand Island Creamery Co., of which William Conboy is secretary. In politics Mr. Conboy is a staunch Democrat and firm believer and advocate in the principles of bi-metalism. In the spring of 1897 he was chosen to represent his town on the Board of Supervisors, he being the youngest man ever elected to the office of supervisor and the first Democrat elected in that town in twenty-five years. Mr. Conboy will prove true to the office he was elected to and show to the people who placed him as their leader that he will do all in his power for their welfare.

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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