Biography of James A. Taggert
Erie County, NY Biographies


Taggert, James A., Buffalo, son of William and Anna (Runcie) Taggert, was born in Middlebury, Vt., June 4, 1848, and came Lo Buffalo with his parents at an early age. He received a public and high school education, and in 1863 enlisted in Co. B, 74th Regt. N. G. N. Y.. in which he served for some time. On returning to Buffalo he assisted Capt. John A. Bloomer, under authority of Col. William A. Howard, in recruiting the third battalion of the 13th N. Y. Heavy Artillery. Afterward he engaged in bookkeeping, and at various times represented manufacturers of fire apparatus. He was connected with the volunteer fire department of Buffalo from 1865 until its disbandment in 1880, serving five years as foreman of a company. He was an original trustee (serving as such for eight years) of the Volunteer Firemen's Home at Hudson, N. Y., is a life member of the New York State Firemen's Association, and a member of the Exempt Firemen's Association of Buffalo. On May 1, 1880, he gave before committees of Congress and the leading underwriters and chief engineers of fire departments in the United States the largest practical demonstration of extinguishing fires by chemical apparatus that was ever witnessed. This occurred at Washington, D. C., and attracted wide attention. In December, 1886, Mr. Taggert was appointed to a position in the law department of the city of Buffalo, which he filled untill 1891. On June 1, 1893, he was appointed excise clerk of Buffalo and served until legislated out of office by the "Raines Law" in 1896. As excise clerk he published the first reports of the business of the department, thus giving the people an idea of the work accomplished. Mr. Taggert is is a member of the A. O. U. W., a man widely esteemed and respected, and a public spirited, enterprising and progressive citizen. He has one son, Dr. James A. Taggert.

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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