Biography of Jerome I. Prentiss


Prentiss, Jerome I., Buffalo, has had a career that is full of inspiration to young men with a noble ambition to succeed. He was compelled to leave school when very young, but has advanced step by step until to-day he stands in the front rank of Buffalo business men. He was born in Madison county, N. Y., in 1839. In 1861 he enlisted cn the 1st Regiment Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, as a private, serving his country faithfully until 1865, when he was honorably discharged. Mr. Prentiss was with General Sherman on his famous march to the sea and was promoted before the close of the war to first lieutenant of engineers. At the close of the war Mr. Prentiss went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. and engaged in the lumber and grain business, where he remained until 1882, when he removed to Buffalo and established the wholesale grocery business of which he is now a member, and which has grown from a small institution to one of the largest in Western New York. Mr. Prentiss also organized the Buffalo Cold Storage Company in 1892, which is now one of the most successful organizations in Buffalo. His religious affiliations are with the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian church of Buffalo. of which he is an officer, and he was chairman of the building committee in 1895 when the church was erected at a cost of $175,000. Mr. Prentiss is a charter director of the Citizens Bank of Buffalo, which is one of the most successful banking institutions of the city.

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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