Biography of James Fenton


Fenton, James, Buffalo, a native of Brant, Erie county, N. Y., was born January 2, 1843. He acquired a liberal education from the public schools and at the Fredonia and Westfield Academies and was graduated from the Westfield Academy in the class of '61. After graduation he entered the service of his father, who was engaged in the lumbet business at Brant, where he remained until June, 1864, when he enlisted in Co. A, 187th N. Y. Inft., serving his country faithfully until July, 1865, when he was mustered out. He then returned to Brant and succeeded his father in business, which he conducted until 1876, when his saw mill was destroyed by fire and he discontinued the lumber business at that point. Three years previously, however, in 1873, he was one of the incorporators of the Erie Preserving Company and served as its secretary till 1887, moving to Buffalo in the spring of 1878 to manage the Erie Preserving Company's business at that point. In 1882 he established the Buffalo Box Factory and operated it in a small way until 1887, when he withdrew from the Erie Preserving Company and devoted his entire attention to the box business and rapidly developed and enlarged it. This concern is one of the largest of the kind in the country, giving employment to nearly two hundred workmen, having a capacity of from twelve to fifteen million feet of lumber annually. Personally, Mr. Fenton is a pleasant, active and popular gentleman, and respected by all who know him.

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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