Biography of Charles Weeks Cushman

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Cushman, Charles Weeks, Buffalo, son of David M. and Almira J. (Weeks) Cushman, is a lineal descendant of Robert Cushman, governor of the Plymouth Colony, charterer of the Mayflower, and financial agent of the Pilgrims; he was born in England in 1580. His great-great-grandfather, Charles Cushman, was conspicuous in the Revolutionary war, and his great-great-grandmother, who lived to the age of 107, was among the women of Bennington, Vt., who turned their church into a hospital after the great battle of 1777, and who used their own linen to dress with their own hands the wounded soldiers. Mr. Cushman was born August 31, 1848, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his preliminary education in the public schools. He also attended the Rockford (Ill.) High School, and spent two years (1864-65) as a drummer boy in the Army of the Cumberland, marching with Sherman to the sea. In 1869 he entered the service of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad; three years later he was made the general agent, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and ably and faithfully filled that position until 1880, when he resigned. In April, 1880, he organized the Railway Car Association, with headquarters in Buffalo, and as president and general manager of that corporation has successfully made it an important factor in the railroad business of the country. Mr. Cushman has held these positions from the start, and to him is due its entire progress and development. The association maintains offices at various points in the country. Mr. Cushman is also president of the Columbian Equipment Company and the Standard Iron Works, both of Chicago. He is especially prominent in the Masonic fraternity, and has done more than most men to advance that great order. He is past master of Washington Lodge, No. 240, F. & A. M., and has served as eminent commander of Hugh de Payens Commandery, No. 30, K. T., as junior grand deacon of the Grand Lodge, and as district deputy grand master of the 25th Masonic district. He assisted in organizing Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and served as itsillustrious potentate for seven years; has served as thrice potent grand master of Palmoni Lodge of Perfection; has been illustrious commander-in-chief of Buffalo Consistory, S. P. R. S., thirty-second degree, since its inception in 1892; and is the present grand junior warden of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. In September, 1894, he received the highest honors in Masonry, being crowned sovereign grand inspector-general of the thirty third and last degree. Mr. Cushman is also a member of Bidwell-Wilkeson Post, G. A. R., and was a member of the staff of the commander-in-chief, General Fairchild. He is a public spirited citizen, and is widely known, esteemed and respected. On March 18, 1873, he married Miss Georgie L. Doran, of Chicago, and they have one son, William Doran Cushman, a student at Yale University, class of 1899.


Source:
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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