Biography of Philip Gerst

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Gerst, Philip, Buffalo, treasurer of the city of Buffalo, is the son of Jacob and Eva (Dormire) Gerst, natives of Germany, the former of whom came to this country in. 1832. He was born in Buffalo, N. Y., September 17, 1863, received his education in public school No. 20, at the Buffalo Central High School, and at Bryant & Stratton's Business College, and began the study of law in the office of James A. Roberts. One year later, however, he entered the railway service as a clerk in the freight department of the Erie Railroad and rose to the position of chief clerk at Black Rock. He remained in the service from 1879 to 1886, when he resigned to engage in the coal business as a member of the firm of Dakin & Sloan. In 1888 he formed a co-partnership with Michael Doll and established a real estate and insurance business, which he still continues, having purchased the interest of his partner. Mr. Gerst early took an active part in politics, and in 1892 was nominated city assessor, but was defeated, though he ran ahead of his ticket. In 1894-95 he represented the Sixth Erie county district in the Legislature, serving as chairman of the canal committee during the session of the assembly. In 1895 he was elected to the responsible position of treasurer of the city of Buffalo by a large majority, and on January 1, 1896, began his four years' term in that office. He is one of the youngest city treasurers ever elected in Buffalo. Mr. Gerst is a 32d degree Mason, holding membership in Occidental Lodge, No. 776, F. & A. M. He is also a member of North Buffalo Lodge, No. 517, I. O. O. F.


Source:
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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