Biography of William E. Corcoran


Corcoran, William E., Buffalo, deputy city clerk, born in the old Third ward of Buffalo on May 1, 1862, is the son of William and Bridget (Hickey) Corcoran, natives of Ballyvaughan and Clare village, County Clare, Ireland, who came to America about 1851 and were married in Buffalo in 1857. William Corcoran, a roofer by trade, was foreman for one concern forty years. He was a staunch Democrat and died in 1896; his wife died in December, 1895. William E. Corcoran was educated in public school No. 6 and at St. Joseph's College and then learned the roofing business with his father. Afterward he was for several years connected with railroads in a clerical capacity. When a lad of only seven he began earning money by delivering newspapers, an occupation he followed six years. In 1882 he became a reporter on the old Buffalo Courier and on the establishment of the Buffalo Times on September 13, 1883, he took a similar position with that paper, which he filled until July, 1884, when during the Cleveland campaign of that year he served as outside correspondent for a number of large journals. The following January he became a reporter on the Buffalo Express, remaining there two years, resigning to take a position on the Evening News. Two years later he became manager of the Railway Indicator Advertising Company, but after a few months sold out and returned to the Express. April 1, 1896, he engaged in the printing business, and on the establishment of the Buffalo Record took a position with that paper, which he held until August, 1897, when he returned to the Times. In January, 1898, he was appointed deputy city clerk of Buffalo. Mr. Corcoran had the assignment of speakers during the municipal campaign of 1897. He was librarian of the Young Men's Catholic Association in 1878 and 1879 and diocesan secretary of the Catholic Young Men's National Union in 1884 and 1885, secretary of the Buffalo Press Club in 1887 and 1888 and its president in 1893 and 1894. He is a member, past chancellor and formerly a trustee of Branch 128, C. M. B. A., a member of the Central Railway Club, secretary of the Second Ward Democracy and a member of the Buffalo Catholic Institute, the South Buffalo Business Men's Association and other societies. July 11, 1887, he married Katherine, daughter of Kieran and Bridget (Horahan) Balkin, natives of Queens county, Ireland, Their children are William K. and Lauretta M. Mr. Balkin was connected with the Union Iron Works of Buffalo for several years and was for some time a member of the police department.

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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