Biography of William O'Brien


O'Brien, William, Buffalo, son of Cornelius and Catharine (Curboy) O'Brien, was born in Nanagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, November 27, 1840. In 1858 he came to this country and settled in Waltham, Mass., where he found employment with the Waltham Watch Company as a polisher of watch cases. In 1861 he entered the Newton Chemical Works at Waltham, and studied the process of making muriatic, nitric, and sulphuric acids, oil of vitriol, lead burning, and the erection and practical working of acid chambers. In 1873, at the recommendation of Prof. Liebig, a prominent chemist of Baltimore, he removed to Buffalo to accept a position with the L. L. Crocker Fertilizer Company, remaining in their employ as superintendent until 1889, when he severed his connection with this firm to accept the superintendency of the Milsom Rendering and Fertilizer Company, which responsible position he now holds. Mr. O'Brien is a practical compounder of chemicals, a good business man, and an accomplished gentleman. He is a member of the C. M. B. A. In 1845 he married Catharine A., daughter of Arthur Mullen, of Waltham, Mass., and they had one daughter, Mary E. (deceased).

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