Biography of Josephus Nelson Larned


Larned, Josephus Nelson, born of American parents at Chatham, Ontario, on the 11th of May, 1836, came to Buffalo in 1848 and received his education in the public schools of that city, where he has resided, with few absences, since. He obtained his first employment, for a few months in 1853, as bookkeeper in the ship chandlery establishment of Messrs. Munger & Willard, at the foot of Man street. Dnring the seasons of 1854 and 1855 he was clerk in the transportation house of P. L. Sternburg & Co., continuing in the same service in the office of the Western Transportation Company during 1856. In the spring of 1857 he sought fortune without success in the West, and, after eight months passed in Iowa, returned to Buffalo in the autumn of that year. Shortly after his return he became engaged in editorial work on the Republic, then owned by Guy H. Salisbury and edited by Dr. C. C. Bristol. From the Republic he passed to the Morning Express, in the spring of 1859, and was associate editor of that journal until 1869, when he became chief editor, on the removal of the former editor, Hon. A. M. Clapp, to Washington. Three years previously he had acquired a share in the ownership of the Express, but sold it in January, 1872, and withdrew from the editorial chair. At a special election, under a new city charter in February, 1872, he was chosen superintendent of education, for a term which ended at the close of the following year. Subsequently, for a time, he was engaged as secretary in a futile project for constructing a common connection through the city for the use of all railroads. In April, 1877, he was appointed superintendent of the library, then known as the Library of the Young Men's Association of Buffalo, afterwards named the Buffalo Library, now the Buffalo Public Library. In that post he remained until June, 1897, when he resigned it.

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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