Biography of John William Neff


Neff, John William, Buffalo, son of Louis J. and Sophia (Bolton) Neff, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., March 23, 1862, attended the public schools, and for two years was a messenger boy for the Western Union Telegraph Company. Afterward he was in the employ of the Red Line Fast Freight Company for eight years, and since 1886 has been engaged in the insurance business, making a specialty of steam boiler, plate glass, and accident insurance. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and in 1891 and again in 1893 was elected supervisor of the Seventh ward of Buffalo. When the office of county auditor was created in 1895 he was unanimously nominated for the position by the Republican County Convention, and at the ensuing election was chosen by a large majority for a term of four years. He is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 441, F. & A. M., of Buffalo Lodge No. 36, I. O. O. F., and of the Royal Arcanum, and a charter member of the Odd Fellows' Club. He has been twice married, first, on May 10, 1881, to Eva J. Sloan of Buffalo, and second, on January 27, 1896, to Elizabeth A. Menzies.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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