Biography of Erastus C. Knight


Knight, Erastus C., Buffalo, attained his present position in finance and politics by reason of undoubted merit and ability. His ancestors were New Englanders of the Revolutionary type, his great-grandfather, Seth Cole, having moved from Chesterfield, Mass., to the shores of Lake Erie near Dunkirk in 1805. His grandfather, Erastus Cole, was a volunteer in the war of 1812 and was present at the burning of the city of Buffalo in 1813. A thorough education was one of the factors of Mr. Knight's success; having taken a course in a commercial college, he had a theoretical and practical knowledge of business methods before he entered active business. Upon the completion of his studies he accepted a position in the wholesale house of Bell Bros., produce commission merchants of Buffalo. In 1880 he started in business for himself and became senior member of the firm of Knight, Lennox & Co., produce commission merchants, with whom he was successfully engaged for seven years. In politics Mr. Knight has been prominently identified with the Republican party. In the fail of 1894 he received the nomination of comptroller of the city of Buffalo and was elected by a round majority and assumed the duties of the office January 1, 1895. Mr. Knight was born at Buffalo, March 1, 1857; attended the publie schools and Bryant & Stratton's Business College. May 14, 1881, he married Mary Elizabeth Cowles of Buffalo.

Our County and it's people
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Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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