Biography of John J. Griffin


Griffin, John J., Buffalo, son of John and Catherine (Harnett) Griffin, was born December 4, 1854, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the common schools. In 1868 he came to Buffalo and finished his education at St. Joseph's College, which he attended three years, spending his vacations as a messenger on Central wharf. In 1872 he became a clerk in the freight office of the Erie Railroad, under John S. Hammond, afterward general freight agent of that line, and finally he took up the study of law in the office of Judge George W. Cothan, being admitted to the bar in 1884. Mr. Griffin was then a clerk in the surrogate's court for twelve years, and in 1896 began the active practice of his profession. He has long been an active and influential Democrat, and has served as delegate to various political conventions, including the State convention of 1884 which declared in favor of Grover Cleveland for president. He also managed the congressional campaigns of Hon. Daniel N. Lockwood and that of Gen. George S. Field, a member of the first Board of Public Works. Mr. Griffin is a member of the C. M. B. A. and the Royal Arcanum. June 3, 1891, he married Miss Eva Rose, of Olean, N. Y.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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