Biography of John C. W. Daly


Daly, John C. W., Buffalo, is a member of one of the most prominent families in Canada. Col. John C. W. Daly, his grandfather, a pioneer of Hamilton, Ontario, succeeded John Gait, the poet, novelist, and founder of Guelph, as agent for the Canada Company in 1831 and held the position until 1837, removing in 1832 to Stratford, where he became interested in milling enterprises and also in the first shoe store. In 1842 he became the Stratford agent of the Bank of Upper Canada and served until the close of the agency in 1867. He was the first postmaster of Stratford village, the first mayor of Stratford town, a pioneer magistrate, a member of the first district council of the united counties of Huron and Perth, and held a commission as lieutenant colonel in the militia. He was a man of great capacity and force of character and died in April, 1879, in his eighty-second year, leaving two children, Thomas Mayne Daly and Mrs. A. B. Orr. Thomas Mayne Daly, only son of Lieut. Col. John C. W. and Lenora (Mayne) Daly, was born in Hamilton, Canada, in 1828, was educated at Upper Canada College, and studied medicine, but abandoned that profession and engaged as contractor in the construction of gravel roads, railroads and other public works in that country and the United States. He was five times elected reeve and mayor of Stratford and from 1854 till shortly before his death he was a member of parliament from Perth county. He married Miss Helen McLaren Fergueson, daughter of Peter Fergueson; she came to America from Crief, Perthshire, Scotland, about 1845, and died in July, 1891, aged sixty-six. Mr. Daly died March 4, 1885, leaving five children: John C. W., Hon. Thomas M., Peter F., Mrs. F. Wood Gray and Mrs. Herbert Roberts. Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly, the youngest son, born in Stratford, Ontario, August 16, 1852, was graduated from Upper Canada College, Toronto, and in 1876 commenced practice as a lawyer in Ontario. in 1881 he removed to Brandon. Manitoba, where he was elected the first mayor in 1882 and re-elected in 1884; in 1884 he was appointed chairman of the Western Judicial District Board and in January 1890, Q. C.; in 1887 and 1891 he was elected to the House of Commons as member for Selkirk, and in October, 1892, was appointed minister of the interior and re-elected by acclamation. He is now a resident and a police and excise commissioner of Rossland, B. C. John C. W. Daly, born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, September 25, 1850, attended the Quebec High School and Upper Canada College, and read law with Judge Robert Smith of Stratford, and Christopher Robinson, Q. C., of Toronto, where, after passing through the military school in July, 1867 he entered the wholesale hardware store of Lyman & McNab. In 1870 he engaged with his father as general contractors in railroad ties, timber, oil and supplies. He served two years as an alderman of Stratford and in October, 1875, came to Buffalo as custom house agent for the Grand Trunk Railway and International Fast Freight Line at Black Rock; in April, 1887, he was promoted agent of the latter corporation for Western Canada, with headquarters at Toronto, and on the dissolution of the line in 1878 returned to Buffalo as contracting freight agent of the Grand Trunk Railway for Buffalo and vicinity. In June, 1880, he was appointed agent for the Commercial Express Line for the State of Michigan, with headquarters at Detroit, and in December. 1883, again returned to Buffalo as agent of the Commercial Express and Erie and North Shore Fast Freight Lines for Western New York. In October, 1885, he was appointed the Buffalo agent of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and in June, 1887, resigned this to accept the position of secretary of the Freight Bureau and assistant secretary of the Buffalo Merchants' Exchange. After the Freight Bureau was discontinued, in December, 1891, he engaged in the real estate and brokerage business in Buffalo and Cleveland for two years, and in December, 1893, was appointed registrar of the Bureau of Building (Department of Public Works). In January, 1895, he was promoted to his present position as cashier and paymaster of the Department of Public Works. October 7, 1880, he married Kate D., daughter of the late A. Hull Thompson of Buffalo, and they have three children: John C. W. jr., Bryant Jarvis and Matilda Thompson.

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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