Biography of Franklin Justin McCarthy


McCarthy, Franklin Justin, Buffalo, comes from a family of sailors. His ancestors moved from Ireland to Spain and to Liverpool, England, and came thence to the United States. John Justin Macarthy, his great-grandfather, emigated from Liverpool to New Orleans, La., prior to 1760, and there his son, Robert Macarthy, was born. The latter married Inez Carlos, and had two sons, Dennis and Charles, who adopted the present spelling of the name, McCarthy. Dennis McCarthy, father of Franklin J., was born in New Orleans about 1821, married Mary Ryan, a native of Toronto, Canada, and settled in Buffalo, where he died in 1882. He was a sailor, as was also his father, Robert. Franklin J. McCarthy was horn in Buffalo, February 12, 1858, and in 1876 became a sailor on the lakes in the employ of the Union Steamboat Company with whom he remained about twenty years. He served in almost every capacity on vessels until 1887, when he entered the office. He advanced to chief steward and purchasing agent, later to assistant superintendent of repairs, and in 1892 to superintendent of repairs; on the reorganization of this company with the Erie Railroad he associated himself entirely with the Union Transit Company and the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Buffalo Steamship Company in the capacity of marine superintendent and purchasing agent, which positions he had also held for four years previously and which he still holds. Mr. McCarthy began at the bottom of the ladder, and by industry and application rapidly rose to the top. Primarily he had obtained a good education in the Buffalo public and high schools and at Bryant & Stratton's Business College, and to this, combined with determination and constant reading, is largely due his subsequent advancement. Fqr several years he has been heavily interested in real estate in Buffalo and Erie county and also in the south and west. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, holding membership in Washington Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M. July 81, 1889, he married Mary, daughter of Patrick O'Day of Buffalo, and their children are Mary, Esther and Franklin Bullard.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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