Biography of William G. Thomas

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Thomas, William G., Buffalo, son of Henry and Katharine (Heineman) Thomas, natives of Germany, was born in New York city January 24, 1863. His parents came to America in 1853 and in 1872 settled in Buffalo, where the father was engaged in the boot and shoe business until his death December 31, 1885, at the age of fifty years; the mother still survives. William G. Thomas attended the public schools of Buffalo and the Buffalo Business University. and obtained his first business experience in the dry goods establishment of Flint & Kent, where he remained three years, rising from the position of cash boy to that of salesman. He was afterwards in the employ of Bradstreet's Commercial Agency for seven years, and in Feburary, 1886, resigned and turned his attention to the settlement of his father's estate. On March 8, 1887, he became a messenger in the Bank of Buffalo, where he remained until March 1, 1894, serving during the last three years as general bookkeeper. He then became district manager for Western New York of the Cosmopolitan Building and Loan Association, of Syracuse, with headquarters in Buffalo, which position he still holds. This association was incorporated March 30, 1892, with an authorized capital of $100,000,000, and is one of the strongest of its kind in the State. It has built up an extensive and successful business in Western New York, and especially in Buffalo, where it takes a leading rank as a sound progressive institution. Mr. Thomas enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him. He has been very active in the growth and work of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, serving as the first vice-president of the New York State Union and as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Buffalo Union. June 30, 1896, he married Susie E., daughter of George A. Cole, of Buffalo.


Source:
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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