Biography of Charles E. Walbridge

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Walbridge, Charles E., Buffalo, was born in that city, July 24. 1841. Shortly after the death of his father, the late George B. Walbridge, a well known merchant of Buffalo, he left school and entered the employ of Pratt & Co., who were at that time the most extensive hardware dealers in the city. He remained with them until September, 1861, when he enlisted in the 100th Regiment, New York Vols., and was made second lieutenant of Co. H. He served with this regiment until 1864, being promoted to first lieutenant in July, 1862, and captain in January, 1863. In February, 1864, he was commissioned by the president as captain and assistant quartermaster of volunteers. In February, 1865, he was brevetted major, and shortly after was appointed chief quartermaster of the Tenth Army Corps, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1866 he returned to Buffalo and re.entered the service of his former employers, remaining until 1869, when he engaged in business for himself. In 1884 the present firm of Waibridge & Co. was formed and is to-day one of the largest hardware establishments in 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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