Biography of John Laughlin
Erie County, NY Biographies


Laughlin, John, Buffalo, was born of Irish parents on a farm in Newstead, Erie county, N. Y., March 14, 1856. In 1865 the family removed to Wilson, Niagara county, where he followed agricultural pursuits and attended the common schools until he was eighteen years of age. In 1874 he entered the Lockport High School, where he completed a four years' course of study, supporting himself and paying his way by working during vacations and spare hours. He also read law in Lockport with Hon. Richard Crowley, then the United States attorney for the Northern district of New York, and in December, 1880, went with Mr. Crowley, who was at that time congressman from the Niagara district, to Washington. Soon afterward he came with his preceptor to Buffalo, and in October, 1881, was admitted to the bar and became managing clerk for Crowley, Movius & Wilcox. Two years later he became a partner of Mr. Crowley under the name of Crowley & Laughlin. Afterward Mr. Crowley removed to New York and Mr. Laughlin formed a copartnership with Joseph E. Ewell. and a little later Wilber E. Houpt was admitted to the firm, which now bears the name of Laughlin, Ewell & Houpt. Mr. Laughlin has long had a large criminal practice in the State and United States courts, and isa strong advocate before juries. He was elected to the State Senate on the Republican ticket in 1887 and again in 1889, but was defeated in 189t. In the Senate he was chairman of the canal committee, a member of the judiciary committee, and prepared and introduced a revision of the police-excise laws and the school examiners' act for Buffalo, and was chiefly instrumental in securing the passage of the city charter in 1892. He was a delegate to the National Republican Convention of 1888. Mr. Laughlin is one of the ablest lawyers of Buffalo, especially in the trial of causes, and as a citizen is widely respected and esteemed.

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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