Biography of John C. Conway


Conway, John C., Buffalo, one of Buffalo's most prominent citizens, who has won by his own unaided efforts, through his energy, thrift and sagacity, an enviable position in business affairs, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., February 19, 1855. His entire career has been thoroughly identified with the city's growth and prosperity. He early displayed those wonderful resources of executive ability that have placed him upon his present solid basis. As a boy his enterprise and quick mastery of situations excited the interest of the older inhabitants, to whom he was well and favorably known and laid the foundation of a permanent reputation for sound business methods. His first important business venture was the purchase, at the age of nineteen, of the wholesale provision business of J. M. Trible & Son, with whom he had been connected as an employee for some time previous. He continued in this business until 1886, when he engaged in the establishment of electric light plants in New York State. As a natural sequence of his interest in this direction, he next organized a company, in 1890, to build and operate the first electric road between Buffalo and Tonawanda. Other important enterprises of which he has been the promoter and organizer were the formation of the American Land Company to sell real estate in Tonawanda and of a company to build an electric road to Depew and Lancaster, the largest deal of that kind ever made in Buffalo. He is prominently connected with the leading interests of his native city. As a promoter he excels. No name connected with an enterprise commends it more confidently and certainly to the favor of the public than that of his. As a citizen he is progressive, aiming to benefit the community while adding to his own prosperity. He is a loyal Buffalonian, an able and public spirited business man, and takes an active interest in all matters tending towards the advancement and promotion of the moral and material welfare of the city. As a man he is honorable, straightforward and magnetic, liberal in his methods, of unswerving, integrity, charitable to an extreme and possessed of many admirable qualities that win the esteem, confidence and affection of his associates.

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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