Biography of George Irish
Erie County, NY Biographies


Irish, George, Buffalo, president of the George Irish Paper Company, is the, son of William Henry and Martha C. (Calhoun) Irish, and was born in Lewiston, Niagara county, N. J., July 11, 1843. His mother was a relative of the distinguished statesman, John C. Calhoun. Mr. Irish attended the common schools of his native village in winter and worked summers until 1861, when he enlisted in Co. I, 28th N. Y. Vols. He served his country faithfully for two years, being honorably discharged May 22, 1863. with the rank of sergeant. On July 4, 1863, he came to Buffalo, a youth with no capital save a vast amount of perseverance, energy, and natural ability. Since then, during a period of over thirty four years, he has been identified with the paper business, being now the oldest and best-known paper dealer in Western New York. In August, 1896, the George Irish Paper Company was incorporated under the laws of the State, with George Irish president; J. Lewis Sampson, vice president; and Henry G. Drummer, secretary and treasurer. The business, which is located at 98 and 100 Pearl street, furnishes steady employment to a large staff of employees. In 1897 a large addition was erected in the rear of the old building, running back to Erie street, making the capacity of the warehouse 445 carloads of paper. Mr. Irish is a prominent, energetic, and public spirited citizen, and a member of Hiram Lodge. No. 105. F. & A. M. In April, 1867, he married Caroline, daughter of Jacob Heiser, an old and respected resident of Buffalo.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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