Biography of Col. Michael Wiedrich
Erie County, NY Biographies

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Wiedrich, Col. Michael.-Among the leading and reliable insurance agencies of Buffalo whose career bears evidence of their solidity and good management is that conducted by Col. Michael Wiedrich, located at No. 448 Main street. Colonel Wiedrich has prosecuted his present vocation since 1866. Prior to his locating in the Queen City of the Lakes he spent his boyhood days in France, where he was born September 23, 1820. When he was twenty years of age he emigrated to this country, coming direct to Buffalo, where he has since resided. He was variously employed until 1861, when the call to arms was heard and he was one of the first to respond. He organized the first N. Y. Light Artillery (since called Wiedrichs Battery) and was unanimously selected as commander of the same. In 1864 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel of the 15th Heavy Artillery; the following year he was brevetted colonel by President Andrew Johnson for meritorious service. June 2, 1865, he was mustered out on account of wounds received, when he returned to Buffalo; in the fall of that year he was elected receiver of taxes, which office he held for two terms. In 1866 he engaged in the insurance business, which he has since conducted. Colonel Wiedrich is a gentleman of culture, refinement, and the highest integrity and an influential member of the I. O. O. F. and the F. & A. M.


Source:
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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