Biography of Daniel J. Donovan


Donovan, Daniel J., Buffalo, was born at Croydon, near London, England, May 21, 1858, received a private school education, and from the age of nine was variously employed until 1869, when he came to America. He first settled in Niagara Falls, N. Y., where he finished his education in the public schools. He served an apprenticeship at furniture finishing with Isaac D. White of Buffalo, and was afterward employed by the Erie Railroad as a coach painter. In 1877 he went to Chicago and studied house painting and decorating while following his business, and on his return to Buffalo in 1881 he formed a copartnership with his brother, Thomas W. Donovan; this was subsequently dissolved and a new partnership was formed with John W. Donovan, which still continues, the present style of the firm being the D. J. Donovan Company. This is one of the largest and best known wall paper, paint and decorating firms in the city. In 1894 they removed from 40 Elm street to their present location at 869 and 871 Main street. Mr. Donovan is a Democrat, president of the Seventeenth Ward Good Government Club and of the Buffalo Master Painters' Association, vice-president of the New York State Master Painters' Association, a charter member of the Buffalo Athletic Association, and a member of the C. M. B. A. and other organizations. November 21, 1882, he married Elizabeth J., daughter of Capt. James L. Armstrong, of Buffalo, and they have three children.

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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