Biography of Thomas Tilson


Tilson, Thomas, Buffalo, supervisor of the Twenty-fourth ward, is a son of Matthew and Mary (Henderson) Tilson, natives of Ireland, who came to America about 1856 and settled in Buffalo, where they have since resided. Matthew early learned the iron worker’s trade, has always been a Republican and reared one son and two daughters. Thomas Tilson was born in Buffalo in November, 1864, was educated in public school No. 19, and in 1881 entered the employ of Pratt & Co., with whom he remained until they dissolved partnership in 1885. He then associated himself with Beals & Co., with whom he has since continued, rising from the position of order clerk to that of outside salesman. He has always been an active Republican and for several years served as committeeman of the Eighth district of the Twenty fourth ward. In 1894 he was appointed by the Common Council as supervisor of that ward to fill the unexpired term of E. C. Knight, and he was elected to that office in 1895 and re elected in 1897, and served as chairman of the committee of the superintendent of the poor. He has frequently been a delegate to Republican City and Assembly Conventions and is a popular member of the Odd Fellows. In 1891 he married Harriet E. Groat of Tonawanda.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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