Biography of Harrison Needham Vedder

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Vedder, Harrison Needham, Buffalo, son of Jacob Schermerhorn Vedder and Mary Ann Needham, was born in Buffalo. N. Y., September 11, 1858. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Parsons Needham, came from Rochester to Buffalo about 1884, and for many years carried on a saleratus factory and afterwards a distillery and was one of the founders of the Unitarian church. On his father's side he is of Holland descent. Mr. Vedder received a public school education and when fourteen years old entered the insurance office of Capt. E. P. Dorr. Three years later he became a clerk for the insurance firm of Smith, Davis & Clark and five years afterward became chief clerk for the Western Elevating Company. In 1881 he formed a copartnership with Charles J. North, under the firm name of North & Vedder, and engaged in the insurance business, which they still continue. This is one of the largest and best known firms in the city and represents a number of the strongest insurance companies in the United States. Mr. Vedder is a member and trnstee of the Buffalo Merchants' Exchange, a life member of the Buffalo Historical Society, an organizer and for three years (1883-85) commodore of the Buffalo Yacht Club a member and past master of the Lodge of the Ancient Landmarks No. 441, F. & A. M., a member of Adytum Chapter No. 235, R. A. M., and Hugh de Payens Commandery No. 30, K. T., and a member and one of the board of governors of the Otowega Club. September 13, 1881, he married Ida Elizabeth Loveridge of Buffalo, and they have one son, Harold Loveridge, born June 25, 1882.


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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