Biography of William H. Slocum


Slocum, William Henry, Buffalo, was born at East Bethany, Genesee county, N. Y., January 1, 1844. When he was but two years of age his parents moved to Lansing, Mich.. and the following year his mother died and his father returned and located near Little Valley, N. Y. After receiving a common school education he attended the Randolph (N.Y.) Academy for several terms. In 1868 he was graduated from Graham's Shorthand Academy in New York city, and in 1869 was one of the corps of stenographers who reported the Pennsylvania State Senate. He then went to Pittsburg and received the appointment as the official stenographer of the Allegany District Court, being the first stenographer ever emyloyed in the courts of that district. After one year in Pittsburg he returned to Little Valley and soon received the appointment as stenographer to the Supreme Court for the Eighth Judicial District of New York, and also being the first official stenographer in the courts of that district. He held this position over twenty years and resigned seven years ago, on account of impaired sight occasioned by an epitheleoma upon the lid of his left eye. In 1873 he organized Slocum's School of Shorthand and conducted that in connection with his other business. Mr. Slocum has had large experience in reporting conventions, his last work being official stenographer to the World's Fair Dental Congress in 1893 at Chicago; he has since given his entire time and attention to teaching shorthand. During the past four years he has taught stenography in the Buffalo High School, and at present is teaching in his private school of shorthand in Ellicott Square.

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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