Biography of Lucian Hawley


Hawley, Lucian, Buffalo, was born November 8, 1818, in Moreau, Saratoga county, N. Y., and in 1837 moved to Buffalo, which he has ever since claimed as his residence. He was educated in Glens Falls and in Buffalo, and read law in the latter city with Fillmore & Haven, of which the senior member was afterward president of the United States. Mr. Hawley remained with this firm until his admission to the bar in November, 1844, acting as their managing clerk; he then entered upon active practice, first in copartnership with Isaiah T. Williams, and also in 1846 with Nelson K. Hopkins. the firm name being Williams, Hopkins & Hawley. In 1847 this firm dissolved and Mr. Hawley associated himself with his brother, Seth C., until 1849, when he was appointed deputy collector of customs for this district. From 1853 to 1865 he was at various times managing clerk in the law office of John Ganson, traveling collector for Pratt & Co., secretary of the Commercial Advertiser Publishing Company, and secretary of the Buffalo Agricultural Machine Works. For eleven years from 1865 to 1876 he was engaged in the U. S. internal revenue service, being appointed by President Grant, in 1878, supervisor of internal revenue of this State with headquarters in New York city. In this capacity he was largely instrumental in procuring the downfall of the famous "whisky ring." which originated at St. Louis, but which extended all over the country. This occurred in 1875. Mr. Hawley had charge of the raid at St. Louis, and through him and other Federal officers the government indicted 238 persons and brought into court about three and a half millions of dollars worth of seized property. He resigned in February, 1876, but by request remained in office until May, when he returned to Buffalo, and has since been engaged in managing estates, etc., and in the practice of the law. He is a man of the highest integrity, respected by all, and possessed of broad experience. In every capacity he has faithfully discharged the duties and trusts reposed in him. Mr. Hawley has been three times married; first to Irene Burt Leech, of Buffalo, on April 19, 1848; second to Helen Goodrich, of Glens Falls, on January 16, 1857; and third to Lida Williams Jennings, of Lockport, Niagara county, on December 18, 1877. By his first marriage he had one son, George B., a wholesale dealer in plumbers' supplies, of Cincinnati, O., and a daughter, Irene B. (Mrs. Charles W. Jennings), of Grand Rapids, Mich.

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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