Biography of Daniel H. McMillan
Erie County, NY Biographies


McMillan, Daniel H., Buffalo, is a lineal descendant of Alexander McMillan, whose monumental cross, erected in 1348, still stands in the family burial ground at Kilmory, Scotland. His grandfather, John McMillan, was called "John the Upright," arbiter of the Hollanders in the Mohawk Valley during the latter part of the last century. Daniel McMillan, his father, was highly respected and honored for his integrity, character, and benevolence; his mother, a daughter of Malcolm McNaughton, was a woman of unyielding fidelity and Christian virtue. She had three brothers who were members of the Canadian parliament and a fourth who was a legislator in Wisconsin and active in the organization of that State. Mr. McMillan was born in York, Livingston county, N. Y., attended the common schools, and completed his education at Le Roy Academy and Cornell University. In 1869 he came to Buffalo and entered the law office of Laning, Cleveland & Folsom, and in 1871 was admitted to the bar. Since then he has been in active practice in Buffalo, being now the head of the well kpown law firm of McMillan, Gluck, Pooley & Depew. and the local counsel for the Vanderbilt railway lines centering in the city. In .1885 Mr. McMillan was elected State senator on the Republican ticket and in 1887 was renominated, but declined this nomination. He was chairman of the Senate Committee on Canals and a member of the committees on cities, claims, Indian affairs, and judiciary. He prepared and carried through the Legislature the bill providing for the lengthening of the locks on the Erie Canal: a bill providing for a uniform policy of fire insurance in the State; a bill providing for the execution of the death penalty in capital cases by electricity: and bills regulating the employment of women in manufacturing establishments, authorizing the utilization of Niagara Falls power, and reforming prison labor and discipline. He was chairman of the committee that formulated the legislative plan of the revised city charter of 1892, was instrumental in establishing the municipal court, and in 1893 was elected a delegate at large to the State Constitutional Convention, in which he was chairman of the committee on the governor and other State officers and a member of other important committees. He has served as president of the Buffalo Library, was one of its managers during the erection of the library building and the Iroquois Hotel. He is a manager of the Buffalo State Hospital, a trustee of the Buffalo State Normal School, a member of the Buffalo Historical Society, the Society of Natural Sciences, and the American and New York State Bar Associations. For twelve years he was an examiner of applicants for admission to the bar. He has been a member of the State Republican Committee and in 1888, 1892 and 1896 was an alternate delegate at large to the Republican National Conventions. He is also a member of the Buffalo and Liberal Clubs, the Masonic Consistory and Temple, the Chi Psi fraternity, and the Presbyterian church. Mr. McMillan is one of the ablest lawyers of Western New York, and has achieved eminence in both professional and civic life. He is a cultured scholar, a man of broad experience, and a citizen universally respected and esteemed. He married Deiphia Jackson, of Sandusky, N. Y., and has two sons, Morton and Ross.

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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