Biography of John S. Rockwell


Rockwell, John S., counselor at law, Buffalo, was born at Pike, Wyoming county, N. Y., April 20, 1854, and was educated in the Pike Seminary and the University of Rochester. After teaching school for a few years he determined to study law and entered the office of Augustus Harrington, of Warsaw, N. Y., where he remained for three years, and was admitted to the bar in 1879. For two years after admission he was acting editor of the Western New Yorker at Warsaw. He then formed a copartnership with Hon. Byron Healey, practicing for a short time only, when he removed to Allegany county and engaged in special work in connection with parties engaged in the oil business. He afterwards removed to Angelica and accepted a position in the office of F. S. Smith, acting as managing clerk, and was tax agent for the W. N. Y. & P. R. R. from 1883-88, and has been since 1886 real estate and tax agent for the B., R. & P. R. R. In 1886 he formed a partnership with F. S. Smith and D. D. Dickson, under the firm name of Smith, Rockwell & Dickson, which copartnership continued until October, 1895, when he removed to Buffalo and the firm of Simmons & Rockwell was formed, of which he is still a member. He was married December 7, 1882, to Miss Helen E. Comstock, daughter of the late Harlow L. Comstock, of Canandaigua, N. Y. He was for some years a director and attorney for the Central New York and Western Railroad Company, and attorney for the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad Company and its receiver. He has been a director of the Bank of Angelica several years.

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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