Biography of Harry B. Silsbee


Silsbee, Harry B., Buffalo, son of Solomon and Mehitable (Fuller) Silsbee, was born August 10. 1864. in Friendship, Allegany county, N. Y., where he attended the public schools, and where he was engaged in farming until he was twenty-five years of age. He was afterward engaged in the nursery business in Providence, R. I., Boston, Mass.; and along the Hudson River, and in 1883 went to Albany, N. Y., as the local representative of the Mercantile Accident Company of that city. Five months later he was appointed, without solicitation on his part, their New York State agent. After one year in this capacity he became the Pennsylvania State agent for the Equitable Accident Association of Binghamton, N.Y., and within four years had built up one of the largest accident insurance businesses in-that commonwealth. At the end of that period the company was consolidated with the United States Mutual Accident Company, making the latter the -largest of the kind in the world, and Mr. Silsbee was appointed its traveling agent and adjuster. He resigned this position March 1, 1891, but his resignation was not accepted until July 3, and then he came to Buffalo as district manager for Western New York for the Security Mutual Life Association of Binghamton, which position he still holds. Mr. Silsbee has successfully built up a business aggregating $2,500,0OO, and is recognized as one of the best insurance men in the State. He has resided in Buffalo since 1892, and is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge F. & A. M., Iditum Chapter R. A. M., and Queen City Consistory of Buffalo, and Malta Commandery K. T., of Binghamton. March 14, 1868, he married Clara B., daughter of Harrison Higgins of Friendship, N. Y., and they have one son, Ralph H.

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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