Biography of Edgar Boardman Jewett
Erie County, NY Biographies


Jewett, Edgar Boardman, Buffalo, mayor of Buffalo from 1895 to 1897 inclusive, is a son of John Cotton and Priscilla (Boardman) Jewett, and was born at Ann Arbor, Mich., December 14, 1843. Soon afterward the family removed to Buffalo, where the father established, in 1849, the concern now conducted by the John C. Jewett Manufacturing Company, of which Mr. Jewett has been president and general manager since 1885. Mr. Jewett received his education in the public schools of Buffalo. He early developed a strong inclination for business pursuits, and when sixteen entered his father's establishment, where he made rapid progress in learning every branch of the manufacture of refrigerators, water filters, etc. These articles have acquired a national reputation. At the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion he entered the service of the State of New York as a private in Co. C, 74th Regt., N. G. N. Y., and in May, 1863, was elected second sergeant, which position he held during the campaign that followed Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania. He returned to Buffalo as first sergeant of his company, and was commissioned first lieutenant June 29, 1865; captain April 3, 1866: major and inspector of rifle practice, 31st brigade, April 11, 1877; inspector, 14th brigade, October 9, 1879; lieutenant-colonel and chief of staff, 14th brigade, October 25, 1880; and brigadier-general, 8th brigade, March 29, 1884. He resigned from the service December 7, 1885, to accept the positions of president and general manager of the John C. Jewett Manufacturing Company, with which he has since been connected. He is also vice-president of the Cary Safe Company of Buffalo. General Jewett has long been one of the leading Republicans of the city. On March 1, 1894, Mayor Bishop appointed him a police commissioner, and in November of the same year was elected mayor of Buffalo by a majority of nearly 10,000, the largest ever received in the city by a candidate for that office. His administration of three years was characterized by numerous public improvements and great benefit to the city at large. He is a public spirited citizen, a man of broad experience, and thoroughly identified with the city's best interests. Since the expiration of his term as mayor Mr. Jewetthas devoted his attention to the affairs of the Columbia National Bank, of which he had been elected presidentiu May, 1897. October 2. 1865, he married Miss Elizabeth Foster Danforth, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

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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