Biography of Hugh W. O'Brien
Erie County, NY Biographies


O'Brien, Hugh W., Buffalo, son of Hugh, was born in Warsaw, N. Y., June 29, 1859. His father, a farmer by occupation, came to America from Ireland about 1848. Mr. O'Brien attended the district schools and remained on his father's farm until he was thirteen years of age, when he began to support himself. He worked by the month at farming until he was seventeen, when he entered the employ of the Erie Railroad, with which he remained altogether four years, rising to the position of "extra" conductor. He has resided in Buffalo since 1878. In 1881 he engaged in the liquor business, and in 1886 became a traveling salesman for S. F. Eagan, with whom he continued five years. On January 1, 1891, he established the present wholesale liquor business of H. W. O'Brien & Co. at 122 Seneca street, and has since devoted himself to the management of that enterprise. In July. 1897, the company was incorporated with a capital of $100,000, Mr. O'Brien being the president and manager. Mr. O'Brien began active life at the age of thirteen; since then he has depended entirely upon his own energy and resources, and has paved his own way to success without assistance of any kind. Endowed with good judgment, rare ability and perseverance he has built up a large and growing trade, which estends over New York and adjoining States. He is a past chancellor of Branch 128, C. M. B. A., and a member of the Royal Arcanum, the C. B. L., the Red Men, the Foresters, the Hibernians, etc. In politics he has always been an active Democrat. June 18, 1895, he married Elizabeth C., daughter of Thomas Cunningham of Buffalo.

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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