Biography of Joseph Kittinger


Kittinger, Joseph, Buffalo.-Among the best posted and most active operators in real estate, Joseph Kittinger stands prominently to the front. He has had many years' experience in the business and is now one of the largest operators in the city. He was born in the town of Cambria, Niagara county, N. Y., February 5, 1839. His education was obtained at the Wilson Collegiate Institute and the Allegheny College at Meadville, Pa., where he remained until the breaking out of the war when he enlisted in the 23d N. Y. Battery in September, 1861, and was mustered out in July, 1865, giving nearly four years' continuous service. He served under Generals McClellan, Burnside, Butler and Sherman, and it was he who commanded the section of the artillery that fired the last cannon shot of the war of the Rebellion (in action at Morrisville, N. C., April 13, 1865, between General Kilpatrick' s Cavalry and that of Gen. Wade Hampton). After the war he returned to Buffalo and took a business course in Bryant & Stratton's Business College, after which he was engaged as a teacher in that institution during a portion. of 1865-1866. From 1868 to 1869 he was engaged in the produce business on Central Wharf, after which he removed to Kansas and engaged in the stock business until 1873, when be returned to Buffalo and compiled the city directory for years 1875, 1876 and 1877. From 1877 to 1882 he engaged in the petroleum oil producing business in the various Pennsylvania oil fields, and during that time was interested and had the charge of putting down over 200 oil wells. In 1882 be embarked in the real estate business, in which he has since been engaged. Mr. Kittinger is a member of the G. A. R. and the Union Veteran Legion. September 24, 1868, he married Mary Johnston, of Buffalo. Four children have blessed this union, namely, Isabe]le, Margaret Irvine J. and Ralph G., all now living.

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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