Biography of Frederick R. March


March, Frederick R., Buffalo, was born of German parentage on the 3d of January, 1845, and received a good German education under Professor Etzer. He also attended the common and high schools, took a thorough course in French under a French Presbyterian pastor, and pursued some of the higher branches of study at the private school of a Mr. George, all at Ottawa, Ill., where he served a clerkship in a general store in the mean time. In 1864 he engaged in the general mercantile business in Ottawa as a member of the firm of Adams & March. About two years later he went to Europe and remained eight months for his health, and on returning he began the study of law in Ottawa with Bushnell & Avery. Afterward he studied law in Pittsburg, Pa., for about one year, and in the fall of 1869 came to Buffalo and finished his legal studies with Judge George W. Cothran. He was admitted to the bar in June. 1872, and at once began the active practice of his profession. Mr. March has practiced alone with the exception of one year-1883-84-when Henry S. Thayer was his partner, the firm name being March & Thayer. He has held a conspicuous place at the Buffalo bar for many years, and enjoys a wide reputation for ability, judgment, and knowledge of the law. Mr. March was at one time a candidate for member of assembly from the 3d district, comprising the 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th wards of Buffalo, on the Democratic ticket, and, though defeated, he reduced the usual Republican majority 2,000. He has served as chairman of the 9th and later of the 11th ward delegations to the General Democratic City Committee, and was president of the old Buffalo Law Society. Mr. March was the chief instigator, promoter, and organizer of the Lewiston and Youngstown Frontier Electric Railway (the" Old Fort Route"), running from Lewiston to Youngstown and Fort Niagara, and has been a director and the attorney of the company from the start. To him more than to any other one man is due the construction of this line. He was married in 1875 to Barbara M. A., daughter of Frederick Geib, publisher of the Buffalo Morning Tribune, who came to Buffalo from Germany about 1838. Their children are F. Milton, Stella E., Ida, and Bayard D.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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