Biography of Elias Sill Hawley
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Hawley, Elias Sill, Buffalo, was born October 28, 1812, in Morean, Saratoga county, N. Y., on a farm purchased by his grandfather, Amos Hawley, in 1794. He came to Buffalo in 1823. He attended Cambridge Academy in Washington county for two years and also Middlebury College, and was graduated from Union College at Schenectady, N. Y., in July, 1833. Returning to Buffalo he taught a private school for a time and in 1838 became the first principal of public school No. 8. Later he read law with Barker & Hawley and was admitted to the bar. About 1840, with Seth C. Hawley, he established a money and package express between Buffalo and Detroit. In 1844 he was appointed superintendent of schools, and was reappointed in 1846 and 1847. He was connected with the old volunteer fire department, being a member of Engine No. 8 and later of Eagle No. 2, and finally entered the service of Pratt& Co., with whom he remained twenty-three years, being first their collecting attorney and afterward superintendent of the Buffalo Iron and Nail Works, leaving when the firm abandoned the iron business. In 1868 he was elected alderman of the old Eleventh ward, and in 1883 he served as assemblyman from the Third Erie County District In 1883 he was also appointed secretary and treasurer of the Buffalo State Hospital, which positions he has since filled. He is a trustee of the Buffalo City Cemetery and a founder and member of the Buffalo Historical Society, which he served as a manager for several years and also as president, and was formerly a trustee of the North Presbyterian church. He is a citizen widely esteemed and respected, a man of high scholarly attainments and broad culture, and one whose long life is graced with deeds of benevolence and charity. He is the author of the Hawley Record, a genealogical work of great value. May 30, 1845, he married Lavinia Hurd Selden, of 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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