Biography of William H. Warhus


Warhus, William Henry, Buffalo. - The subject of this sketch was born in Buffalo, March 28, 1855. His parents were Frederick W. and Josephine (Krieg) Warhus. His father came to Buffalo from Hanover, Germany, at the age of twenty years, and was a shoemaker by trade, and his mother was a sister of Bonaventure Krieg, a well-known business man. Until he was thirteen years of age young Warhus attended the public and private schools in Buffalo, and was first employed as office boy fcr Dr. Blanchard. When fourteen years of age he began the trade of shoemaking with his father, and worked t his trade for his father and himself until he was twenty-four years of age. Although denied the benefit of a collegiate education, the young man was ambitious to become a lawyer, and going to New York city in 1879 he began the study of law in the office of Samuel C. Mount, esq., during which time he made his home with an aunt living in the metropolis. After six months he returned to Buffalo, and in 1880 he entered the law office of Messrs. Humphrey & Lockwood and was soon promoted to the position of managing clerk. He was admitted to the bar in January. 1885, and remained with his preceptors until December, 1888. It is seldom that young men pursue such a course of self-sacrifice, deprivation and determined application to accomplish a desired object as did Mr. Warhus in obtaining his legal education. Beginning by studying law while yet at work at the bench, he went to New York with but two dollars in his pocket, and worked late at night and early in the morning cleaning offices for his board, receiving no salary. In Humphrey & Lockwood's office he attended to the business of the firm during the day, and for seven years studied alone every night, denying himself all pleasures, and without financial aid from any one. Having thus obtained the object of his ambition by his own unaided efforts, Mr. Warhus began his professional career, which has been marked with deserved and decided success. Persistent in his determination to secure a thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of law, success attended the young lawyer. and his career in the profession marked him an example of what may be accomplished when Ihe will is not wanting, even against circumstances the most adverse. In 1889 Mr. Warhus formed a copartnership with Thomas Cary Welch. and the firm opened an office in the Law Exchange. This firm was successfully engaged in the practice until dissolved in 1893, since which time Mr. Warhus has been alone in professional work. He is a Democrat from conviction and an active worker for the party. He is a member of several social clubs and organizations.

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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