Biography of William Henry Love
Erie County, NY Biographies


Love, William Henry, Buffalo, is of Scotch-Irish parentage, a son of David and Anna (Connor) Love. He was born at Buffalo, N. Y., November 18, 1862, and was educated in the public schools of his native city, graduating from the Buffalo Central High School in 1881. Like many of our public men, his early manhood was devoted to teaching. In the fall of 1881 he was appointed to the principalship of one of the public schools of Buffalo, and by reason of his able and successful work in this line soon won his way among older and more experienced educators to the front rank of public school teachers in the city of Buffalo. He was successively principal of public schools Nos. 29, 33, 13, and when, in 1892, James F. Crooker, the then superintendent of education of Buffalo, was appointed superintendent of public instruction for New York State, Mr. Love was the unanimous choice of the appointing board to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Crooker's resignation. This was a signal tribute to Mr. Love's ability when it is remembered that he had not yet reached his thirtieth year and had been selected to preside over a department the largest and most important in the city's polity. There is little doubt but Mr. Love would have attained still greater honor and distinction as an educator had not the tide of politics carried him out of office on January 1, 1893. He left his impress upon the department of public instruction, having materially assisted in organizing the Board of School Examiners, revising the school ordinances of the city, and establishing for the first time a system of kindergarten work in conjunction with the public schools, the expense thereof being a public charge. In recognition of his work in this latter respect, he was made the first honorary member of the Buffalo Free Kindergarten Association. The limitations of teaching, however, did not satisfy the desires and ambitions of Mr. Love and in 1891 he undertook the study of law, entering as a law student in the office of Cuddeback & Kenefick, where his leisure hours were given over to preparing himself for his chosen profession. In March, 1893, three months after leaving the school department, he took his examination for admisson to the bar, at Rochester, N. Y, and was elected president of his class. Immediately upon his admission he formed a copartnership with the junior member of the firm, under the firm name of Kenefick & Love. Mr. Love has already taken a conspicuous position at the bar and is regarded as one of the most promising and successful lawyers among the younger men of Buffalo. Under his active management the firm of KenefIck & Love has taken a position among the leading law firms of Buffalo. Mr. Love is an active Democrat and is prominent in the political organizations of his party. On June 18, 1896, he married Miss Helen A. Niendorf, of Buffalo.

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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