Biography of Joseph L. Whittet

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Whittet, Joseph L., Buffalo, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., March 7, 1852, received a public school education, and in 1868 accepted a position in the office of George Bailey, dealer in railway supplies, with whom he remained fourteen years. He was then an examiner in the State Insurance Department at Albany, under Superintendent Charles G. Fairman, for four years, and afterward conducted the Wellsboro (Pa.) Advocate for two years in company with Mr. Fairman. In February, 1887, he returned to Buffalo and engaged in business as a dealer in engineers' supplies,' wrought iron pipe and fittings, etc., buying out the establishment of E. G. Felthousen. A little later he organized the present firm of Whittet, Barrett & Co. Mr. Whittet is an able and progressive business man, a public spirited citizen, and widely known and respected. He was twice elected to the State Legislature, serving in the Assembly during the sessions of 1894 and 1895. In 1880 he married Miss Hattie Boughton Fairman, daughter of Charles G. Fairman, editor and publisher of the Elmira Advertiser. They have one son, Charles Fairman Whittet.

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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