Biography of Joseph L. Fairchild


Fairchild, Joseph L., Buffalo. was born at Waterloo, Seneca county, N. Y., April 3, 1831, and is a son of Gen. Caleb Fairchild and Aurelia Maltby, his wife. He prepared for college at the Waterloo Academy and under private tutors, advancing as far as the Sophomore year, but abandoned the idea of a collegiate training and entered upon the study of law in the office of Talcott & Love, of Buffalo, where he remained four years, being admitted to the bar in 1853. Since then he has been actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in Buffalo. Mr. Fairchild is one of the oldest and foremost lawyers in Western New York. He was appointed by Chief Justice Chase register in bankruptcy in the United States courts in 1867, and since 1876 has also been a United States commissioner. He was supervisor of the old Tenth ward for several years, and for about seven years was a member of the Buffalo Park Commission, serving on the committee on grounds and buildings. He has long been prominently identified with the Young Men's Association and its successor, the Buffalo Library, being a life member, and with S. V. R. Watson was largely instrumental in purchasing the property (formerly occupied by the association) where the Iroquois Hotel now stands. He is also a life member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge, No. 441, F. & A. M., and a charter member of Adytum Chapter, No. 235, R. A. M. In 1862 he married Anna E. Dennison, 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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