Biography of Homer E. Dudley


Dudley, Homer E., holds an honorable place in the ranks of the younger business and professional men of Buffalo. He was born at Castile, Wyoming county, N. Y., and was educated at the Castile Union School and the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N. Y. Soon after leaving school Mr. Dudley accepted a good position in the business department of Our Fireside Friend of Chicago, a popular family newspaper of wide circulation. He held this place with great credit for several years, leaving it to enter more directly into newspaper work, in which he achieved great success and distinction. A series of political letters written to the Buffalo Courier during the Tilden-Hayes campaign attracted the attention of the late Thomas Kean, then city editor of the Courier, who offered Mr. Dudley a staff position which was accepted. Nearly ten years were devoted to active newspaper work on the Courier as reporter, assistant city editor and city editor. During this time he did much writing for the New York and Chicago newspapers. As city editor of the Courier, he succeeded Mr. Kean and for several years filled the position with marked success. He was associated with the late Charles W. McCune and the late David Gray, proprietor and editor respectively of the Courier, and enjoyed their confidence and esteem in a marked degree. The never-ending grind of daily newspaper work did not offer allurements enough to keep Mr. Dudley in harness, and he resigned the position of city editor and began the publication of a high-class trade paper of his own, The Iron Review, which prospered from the beginning under his energetic management. At the end of a year he sold the paper and went to New York, where he accepted a very responsible position with one of the largest stock and grain commission houses in the Wall street district. As secretary and cashier he handled millions of dollars' worth of securities and was thus brought in close contact with financiers and other leaders of the commercial world. His Buffalo interests requiring attention, he resigned his New York position at the end of about four years and returned to the Queen City of the Lakes. The Hardwicke & Ware Manufacturing Company was organized in 1890 and he was elected its secretary; he continued in that capacity until the company, under stress of hard times, was unable to meet its engagements and its affairs passed into the hands of a receiver. It was during the liquidation of this company that Mr. Dudley embarked in the real estate business, which he has since followed with marked success. - His management of the affairs of the Hardwicke & Ware Manufacturing Company as receiver was so satisfactory to all interested that he has since made a specialty of acting as receiver, assignee, administrator and trustee, and has met with success in the handling and settling of such trusts. Mr. Dudley is widely known, popular, and enjoys in a large measure the confidence and esteem of the leading men in this community. Possessed of intelligence and excellent judgment, his advice and counsel regarding business affairs are relied upon. He has held no public office, though well fitted by ability and temperament and by wide acquaintance with influential men to cultivate an ambition in that direction. He is a member of several Masonic bodies, including Hugh de Payens Commandery of Buffalo. Mr. Dudley was married on April 21, 1891, to Edith Fay Bullard. of Perry, N. Y., who at that time was a valued member of the editorial staff of the Buffalo Evening News and has since been efficient and prominent in many' of the literary, social and charitable movements promoted by the public spirited women of Buffalo. Both are members of the First Presbyterian church of Buffalo.

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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