Biography of James M. Rozen


Rozan, James M., Buffalo, one of the leading Polish citizens of Buffalo, is a son of Michael and Mary Rozan, and was born in Boruszyn, Poland, March 15, 1864. Michael Rozan, a farmer and a soldier in the German army, came to America in 1871 and first entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad, but soon settled in Buffalo and in 1872 sent for his family, which consisted of a wife, two sons and a daughter. He was a Democrat and died in 1886. James M. Rozan was put to work at an early age to help support the family, his father's health having failed. He attended St. Stanislaus parochial and public schools, became an assistant teacher in St. Stanislaus School and in 1879 went to Toledo, O., where he taught for five years, having charge of the class during the last three. He was from the first a diligent and painstaking student. After teaching in Dunkirk, N.Y., for ten months he returned to Buffalo as principal of St. Stanislaus parochial school, which position he has since held with great credit and ability. He has always taken a deep interest in Democratic affairs and in 1887 was one of the five founders of the Polish (now the Ninth Ward Polish) Democratic Club, of which he has been successively vice-president, president and vice-president. In 1890 he was elected supervisor of the Fifth ward and re-elected in 1892, being the first Democrat elected there in eighteen years, and for three years was chairman of the committee on charitable institutions. In 1897 he was renominated for councilman, but was defeated by a small majority. He was secretary-general of the Polish Union of America two years, and on retiring from the office was presented with a valuable gold and diamond badge. During the first Polish Roman Catholic Congress, held in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1896, he was secretary to the committee on arrangements and also secretary of the congress. He is treasurer of the Moniuszko Club; a member of the C. M. B. A.; a trustee of the Empire State Savings Bank, and a man of fine literary accomplishments. He has written several articles in Polish on National and tariff reform subjects and is recognized as one of the foremost of his countrymen in 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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