Biography of George Urban, Jr.
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Urban, George, Jr., Buffalo, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., July12, 1850, and received a public school education. His father, George Urban, sr., established himself in the flour business on the corner of Genesee and Oak streets, opposite the present mill, in 1846, and when the son was sixteen years old he entered his father's employ. In 1870 he became a partner, and since his father retired in 1882 has had charge of the business, which is now one of the most important of the kind in Buffalo. The establishment produces 1,000 barrels of flour daily. Mr. Urban was a founder and the first vice president of the Buffalo Loan. Trust and Safe Deposit Company and in 1892 was made its president, which office he still holds. He was an organizer of the Thomson-Houston Electric Light Company and served as its president until the business was sold to the Buffalo General Electric Light Company, of which he is vice-president. He is a director of the Merchants' Bank, the Bank of Buffalo, the Buffalo German Insurance Company, the Buffalo Commercial Insurance Company, and the Buffalo Elevator Company (which owns the Sturges, Dakota and Fulton elevators); president of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Electric Light and Power Company and the Cataract Power and Conduit Company of Buffalo (which has the distribution of Niagara power throughout Buffalo); was an organizer and director of the Bellevue Land and Improvement Company and the Depew Land Company, and is a director of the Western Transit Company. He is- a prominent Republican, has been for several years a member of the Republican State Committee, and in 1892 and 1893 was chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee. In 1875 he married Ada E., daughter of Pennock Winspear of Cheektowaga, and they have one son and three daughters, George P.. Emma M., Ada Jeanette and Clara W.


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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