Biography of William Wallace Hammond


Hammond, William Wallace, Buffalo, the eldest of four children of Charles and Clarissa (Clark) Hammond, was born in Hamburg, Erie county, N. Y., November 4, 1831, and spent his early life on the farm and attending the district school. His father came from Northampton, Fulton county, about 1820, and first settled and cleared a tract of land in the town of Hamburg; about 1833 he exchanged this for a larger tract of wild land in the present town of Brant. When fourteen young Hammond attended a select school at Irving, Chautauqua county, walking six miles through the "Indian woods" each day; later he was for a short time a student at the Fredonia Academy. When sixteen he began teaching school at Columbus, Pa.; the next year he went to Louisville, Ky., and taught for a time; he then traveled through the South until sickness compelled him to return home in 1851. In 1852 he resumed school teaching winters in Erie county and worked at painting and farming summers. In 1856 he opened a general store at Brant, and also read law and practiced in Justices' Courts; in 1860 he came to Buffalo, completed his legal studies with Sawin & Lockwood, and in June, 1861, was admitted to the bar. From 1861 to 1864 he practiced his profession at Angola, and while there, in 1863, was ordered with his regiment, the 67th National Guards, to Harrisburg, Pa., where he was on duty when the battle of Gettysburg was fought. He was a member of this regiment fourteen years, becoming captain of Co. C. In 1864 he removed to Farnham, and for twelve years conducted a general store and a steam saw mill, manufacturing lumber, lath and shingles. He also practiced law for a short time, served as justice of the peace one term, and was supervisor during ten of the twelve years. In 1877 he was elected county judge of Erie county and filled that office with distinguished ability for twelve years, being twice re-elected. At the end of that period he resumed his law practice in Buffalo, where he has resided since the spring of 1878. Judge Hammond was one of the incorporators of the Angola Congregational church, and was an original member and trustee of the First Congregational church of Buffalo. In 1854 he married Miss Amy A. Hurd, who died in 1860, leaving one daughter, Rosa Belle (Mrs. Charles Koeppe), of Brant. In 1861 he married Miss Louisa A. Hurd, and they have two children, Lillie M. (Mrs. Edward J. Newell) and Clark H., both residing in Buffalo.

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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