Biography of James L. McCarthy


McCarthy, James L., Buffalo, was born January 18, 1851, in Buffalo, N. Y., whither his parents, James and Mary (Reilley) McCarthy, removed from Troy, N. Y., in 1850. His father, a cooper by trade, made the first shook in Buffalo in 1849, while in the employ of Shaw & Kibbee: he died in 1866 and his wife in 1886. Mr. McCarthy was educated in the Buffalo public schools and St. Joseph's College, graduating from the latter in 1866. He was a clerk in the drug store of Smith & Hickey one year and afterward in the insurance office of D. V. Benedict three years, when he accepted a position with the Union Steamboat Company (now the Union Steamboat Line). In the latter capacity he was promoted from time to time until in 1887 he was appointed freight agent for the company at Buffalo, which position he still holds. He has always manifested a warm interest in everything pertaining to the steady development of the city and is held in the highest esteem throughout the community. He is a member of the C. M. B. A. and C. B. L., an active Democrat in politics, and in 1874 represented the First ward on the Board of Supervisors. He was also for two years a civil service commissioner of Buffalo, being appointed by Mayor Becker. In 1881 he married Mary R. Garson, of Buffalo, and they have one son, James G.

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


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