Biography of George H. Lamy
Erie County, NY Biographies


Lamy, George H., Buffalo, was born March 19, 1846, in the old Lamy homestead at East Eden, Erie county, where his grandfather, George Lamy, a native of Loraine, France, settled in 1829. George Lamy bought about 200 acres of land, kept a tavern and died there. He married Katherine Franz and had five children: Jacob, Catherine, Lana, Henry and Peter. Henry Lamy, father of George H., was born in Loraine about 1826, came to America with his parents in 1829 and died on the homestead in 1895. His wife, Salome Hoehn, died in 1893. Their children were George H., Frederick W., Charles, Catherine, Jacob and Caroline, who are living, and Henry and William, deceased. George H. Lamy was educated in the common schools and at Springville Academy, and in 1862 came to Buffalo as a clerk in a grocery store at $7 per month. Afterwards he was identified with the transportation interests on the great lakes for eight years, becoming a vessel owner. Meanwhile he spent two years in the West on the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, being present at the driving of the golden spike which marked the completion of that line. Returning to Buffalo in 1870 he was appointed keeper of the Erie County Penitentiary under Charles E. Felton, but one year later went with Mr. Felton to Chicago as his chief keeper of the House of Correction, where he remained seven years and nine months. He returned to Buffalo on account of ill health and in 1880 was appointed deputy sheriff, which position he held under W. W. Lawson and Harry H. Koch; he was under sheriff under Frank T. Gilbert and Oliver A. Jenkins, and in 1892 was nominated for sheriff of Erie county by acclamation, but was defeated by August Beck. In 1894 he again received the Republican nomination by acclamation and was elected for a term of three years by 13,299 majority. He was a delegate to the State Republican Convention in 1894, and has long been a prominent citizen. April 16, 1875, he married Lana C., daughter of Martin Keller, a pioneer of the town of Boston. Their only son died at the age of three years and six months.

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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