Biography of Otto H. Wende
Erie County, NY Biographies


Wende, Otto H., Buffalo, county clerk, was born in Alden, Erie county, N. Y., April 19, 1866. He is one of a family of five Sons and two daughters of Hermann A. Wende, who was born in Prussia, Germany, October 29, 1825, came to America in 1847. and on May 23, 1848, settled in the town of Alden. Erie county, where he first purchased 640 acres of land. Hermann A. Wende was an active Democrat and was the first supervisor of foreign birth ever elected in that town, serving on the board in 1863 and 1864. He filled nearly all the town offices, was a prominent Mason, and enjoyed the respect and confidence of the entire community. He died March 15, 1892. On June 16, 1851, he married Mary Ries, a native of Germany, who survives him and occupies the homestead in Alden. Otto H. Wende attended the district schools, was raised on his father's farm, and took a course at a business college in Buffalo. Passing a teacher's examination he began teaching school at the age of twenty, and after one year was elected tax collector of Alden. He was reelected and when twenty three was chosen a justice of the peace, being the youngest man ever elected to that office in that town. He resigned, however, to accept at the age of twenty seven the office of supervisor, which he held from 1895 to the fall of 1897, when he was elected clerk of Erie county by a handsome majority, having still two years to serve as supervisor. He has attended every Democratic county and assembly convention for many years, often as a delegate and has been a delegate to three State conventions and other political bodies. Since 1891 he has been the station agent at Wende for the New York Central Railroad. He is a member of the Masons, the I. O. O. F., and the K. O. T. M., and a popular and representative citizen. He is the first county clerk of Erie county of German parentage and the youngest man ever elected to that office in the county of Erie. He occupies the homestead with his mother.

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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