Biography of Thomas Henning


Henning, Thomas, Buffalo, one of four children of John and Elizabeth Henning, natives of the North of Ireland, was born in Quebec, Canada, in April, 1844. His father, a linen manufacturer, came to Quebec about 1840, and with his wife now lives in Toronto. Mr. Henning attended school in St. Catherines, Ontario, whither his parents had removed. In 1854 he became a telegraph messenger boy for the Montreal Telegraph Company, where he remained nine years, when he came to Buffalo. For about twenty-two years thereafter he was connected with the Western Union Telegraph Company in Buffalo, and New York city, and in the spring of 1891 he accepted a position with the Field Engineering Company on the construction of the power house and lines of the Buffalo Railway Company. On the completion of that contract he became superintendent of the power station of that corporation, which position he still holds. Mr. Henning has made a thorough study of electricity and is so proficient in that science that he may justly be considered as the Thomas Edison of Buffalo. He is a man of the highest social standing, endowed with a generous nature, and ever ready to lend aid to the needy and deserving. He is also largely interested in real estate and securities in Buffalo. His wife, Sarah J., is the daughter of Bernard Cassidy, formerly a contractor of Buffalo, and a niece of the late Thomas Edmonds. She is actively interested in charitable enterprises. They have a son and a daughter.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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