Biography of Adam Cornelius


Cornelius, Adam, Buffalo, was born in Germany, July 23, 1837, and obtained his educaticn in that country. In 1850 he came to America with his parents, who settled in Hamburg, Erie county. He was variously occupied until 1857, when he came to Buffalo and entered the employ of Philip Houck. After five years' service as bookkeeper, teamster, etc., he was admitted under the firm name of Philip Houck & Co., which still remains unchanged. Since the death of Mr. Houck the latter's sons have been identified with the business, Mr. Cornelius being the senior member of the firm. His connection with it covers a period of forty-two years, and he has seen the business grow from a small beginning to its present vast proportions. He is a director of the German Insurance Company and of the Union Bank of Buffalo, and is a prominent 32d degree Mason. In June, 1862, Mr. Cornelius married Carrie, daughter of Joseph Hoover of Hamburg, N. Y., and they have three daughters, Elizabeth, Julia and Carrie.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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