Biography of Francis G. Ward


Ward, Francis G., superintendent of the Water Bureau of the city of Buffalo, was born at Jordan, N. Y., March 8, 1856. He received his preliminary education at the Rectory School in Hamden, Conn., and when still a lad was sent to France and placed in the institution Cousin and Lycée Bonaparte, Paris, where he remained for four years, acquiring not only a scientific education, but a thorough knowledge of the French language. Returning to the United States he was appointed in 1872 a cadet at the Annapolis Naval Academy. He remained there but a short time when he went again to Europe and spent a year in study. After his return he entered the employ of the Laflin & Rand Powder Company, becoming their Buffalo representative in 1875. After two years' service in this business he resigned to accept a position with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, and was with this company, serving in various capacities, for seven years, when he became assistant manager of the Harlem line. In 1885 he resigned this position to accept the superintendency of the Cornpanie Universelle Canal Panama at Aspinwall and elsewhere, in whose employ he remained for a period of four years. He then returned to Buffalo and in May, 1896, was appointed superintendent of the Bureau of Water.

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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