Biography of John C. Webb


Webb, John C., town clerk of the town of Tonawanda, was born in Grand Island, Erie county, N. Y., February 9, 1859, a son of Henry and Marguerite (Wilbank) Webb. Henry Webb has spent most of his life as a farmer, coming in 1842 to Erie county, where forty-six years were spent in Grand Island farming, and where he now owns a fine farm. In 1893 he retired to the village of Tonawanda, where he has since resided. He has been a Republican since the formation of the party, has filled the office of assessor, and was one of the board of education for about twelve years. John C. Webb received his education in the public school of his native town, and when seventeen left home, going to Tonawanda, where he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed for eight years. He then engaged in the dry dock business, which he pursued for over four years, and then discontinued it to resume blacksmithing and carriage making, continuing at that until the spring of 1897, when he was elected to the office of town clerk. He then closed his business to devote his entire time to the duties of this office. Mr. Webb has been a lifelong Republican, though not active in political affairs until his friends prevailed upon him to accept the nomination for the office of town clerk. He also holds the office of committeeman for the Fourth district. In 1892 he married Katie A. McDermott, of Tonawanda, and they have five sons and two daughters: Thomas H., Harry E., John B., George H., Anna U., Edward E. and Katie A.

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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