Biography of Willis M. Spaulding


Spaulding, Willis M., Buffalo, son of John B. and Maria (Smith) Spaulding, was born February 22, 1866, in Colden, Erie county, N. Y., where his maternal grandfather, John Smith, was a very early settler, coming from Vermont. His paternal grandfather, Gilbert Spaulding, who also came from Vermont, was a pioneer of Concord, Erie county, where John B. was born in 1834. Mr. Spalding in 1881 entered Griffith Institute at Springfield N. Y., from which he was graduated in 1887. He paid his own way through school, and by dint of hard study and sturdy perseverance acquired a substantial education, which he supplemented by a course of business and stenography at Bryant's Business College in Buffalo. Immediately after his graduation, in September, 1887, he began the study of law in the office of White & Simons, with whom he remained four years, being their managing clerk the last three years. In 1891 he was admitted to the bar at Rochester and at once entered upon the practice of his profession in Buffalo; in July, 1893, he formed, with Thomas A. Sullivan, the present law firm of Spaulding & Sullivan. As a lawyer Mr. Spaulding has been very successful. He was married, August 25, 1891, to Nellie M., daughter of Millard F. Orr, of East Otto, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., and they have one son, Gordon Orr.

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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