Biography of James McCarthy


McCarthy, James, Buffalo, son of Charles and Mary M. McCarthy, was born in Rochester, N. Y., March 18, 1844. When he was an infant his parents removed to Buffalo, where he was educated in the public schools. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Co. F, 21st N. Y. Vols., which was the first regiment that left Western New York in 1861. He served his country bravely and faithfully until the second battle of Bull Run, August 29, 1862, where he was severely wounded in the abdomen and neck, and after spending several months in Armory Square Hospital at Washington, D. C., was honorably discharged. He returned to Buffalo but for eight years was unable to work, owing to disability caused by his wounds. Upon partially regaining his health he found employment in the county clerk's office, where he remained about three years. He was then appointed a desk sergeant on the Buffalo Police force. He filled this position with credit for twenty-two years, at the end of which time he was honorably discharged. He then engaged in his present real estate and insurance business. Mr. McCarthy is a member of the G. A. R., the A. O. U. W., the B. P. M. A. B. A., and Erie Legion No. 1, Select Knights. He has been twice married, his present wife, whom he wedded in January, 1890, being Emma Telford, of Buffalo. He has four children: Mabel, Arthur (now studying medicine), Kate and James, jr.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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