Biography of Thomas H. Fearey


Fearey, Thomas H., Buffalo, was born in Bedford, England, February 19, 1844, but has spent almost his entire life in this country. His parents emigrated to America when he was quite young and settled in Albany, N. Y., where the subject of this sketch attended the public schools. Mr. Fearey was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., in 1863. After having successfully passed the examination in Washington he was commissioned second lieutenant in the U. S. Signal Corps by President Lincoln, and served in the defenses of Washington until 1864. when he was ordered to the Army of the Potomac under General Meade. In August, 1865, he resigned this position, returned to Albany and entered the wholesale shoe manufactory of his father, and was soon admitted to membership in the firm. Upon the death of his father in 1880 a stock company was formed, of which he was made president, which position he held for three years, when he resigned and went to Europe to take a special course in electricity and chemistry. After spending four years abroad he returned to this country and accepted the professorship of applied physics at the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn. While in Nashville he was employed by the Nashville Street Railway Company to investigate the advisability of a storage battery system, and after a thorough canvass decided that the trolley system was the most practicable, which they adopted. It was through this investigation that he was brought to the notice of the Thomson-Houston Electric Company, who offered him a position. which he accepted. He has since been connected with this company and their successors, having had charge of offices in Louisville and Nashville, and is now in charge of the Buffalo office. In 1880 Mr. Fearey was elected by the Alumni Association as one of the trustees of Union College for a period of four years. The same year lie was elected a trustee, to succeed his father, of the Hamilton Theological Seminary. He is a member of the American Institute for the Advancement of Science, the University Club of Buffalo, and the Loyal Legion of the United States.

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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