Biography of Hugh McDowell
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McDowell, Hugh, West Seneca, was born in Scotland, April 17, 1831, a son of William and Mary McDowell, natives of Scotland, who emigrated to America in 1837 and came to Buffalo, thence to Ohio, where they lived and died. Hugh McDowell was educated in Otterman University, Ohio, and the Bryant & Stratton's Business College, Ohio. He was a civil engineer for the Belfont & Delaware Railroad for four years, when he engaged in the manufacture of slates in Pennsylvania, and was in that business nine years. He then returned to Ohio and engaged in the mercantile business and in 1873 returned to Buffalo, where he was engaged in the live stock commission business for twenty years. In 1894 he came to West Sencca and bought fifty acres of land, where he lives a retired life. July 13, 1849, he married Rebecca Hare of Ohio, and they had eight children: William, Ophelia R., Clayton, Ellen, Ida (deceased), Charles, Harriet (deceased) and Grace. Mr. McDowell is a Republican and was a Free Mason when in Pennsylvania and is a member of the R. A.; has served as treasurer for thirteen years. Mrs. McDowell died March 23, 1896.

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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