Biography of John W. Fisher


Fisher, John W., Buffalo, the youngest son of John and Nancy (Vantine) Fisher, was born in the town of Newstead, Erie county, October 27, 1862. His maternal grandfather, David Vantine, who settled in Clarence in 1804, was a soldier in the war of 1812, being one of the volunteers to help blow up Fort Erie. John Fisher was a prominent Republican, held several town offices, reared two sons and two daughters, and died in 1864; his wife died in 1886. John W. Fisher grew to manhood in Clarence village, where he received a classical education at the Parker Union School. From 1876 to 1880 he was employed principally in farming and driving a passenger stage coach from Clarence to Looneyville. On April 1, 1880, he came to Buffalo as a student in the law offices of Humphrey & Lockwood and in 1881 entered the office of William C. Bryant, with whom he remained until his admission to the bar in January, 1884. Since then he has been engaged in the practice of his profession, occupying from the first offices in the Western Savings Bank BuildIng where he began his legal studies. Mr. Fisher has always been a staunch Democrat; he served as secretary to Mayor Bishop from 1891 to 1894, and in May, 1892, took an active part in the movement which resulted in the third nomination of Grover Cleveland for president. During the municipal campaign of 1897 he came into wide prominence as the manager of the Diehi forces, and to him is chiefly due the election of not only the mayor, Dr. Conrad Diehi, but of nearly all of his party’s candidates. His consummate skill as a campaingn manager placed him at once among the Democratic leaders of the State. Mr. Fisher was for one year a trustee of the Buffalo Bar Association, served two years as president of the Buffalo Liedertafel, and is a Scottish Rite Mason. He is now the attorney for the Board of Supervisors of Erie county.

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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