Biography of William J. Mann of Batavia, NY

William J. Mann, proprietor of the Hotel Richmond, is a native of Buffalo. He was born in 1844, a son of William B. and Aurelia (Armstrong) Mann. His father, an Englishman by birth, came to America when a youth, and has been a prominent grain and shipping merchant in Buffalo, with an experience of 40 years, and is the oldest member of the board of trade in that city. William J. began his business career with his father, for a time the firm being William B. Mann & Son, and was subsequently interested in other enterprises in the city. He finally embarked in the hotel business as a member of the well known firm of Stafford & Co., proprietors of the Tafft House and Mansion Hotel. He soon became proprietor of the Hotel Richmond in his native village, which was destroyed by fire March 8, 1887, in which he lost his wife and only child, and nearly perished himself, being severely burned and disabled for a long time. Mr. Mann became proprietor of the Hotel Richmond upon its completion in May, 1889. He is endowed with a genial personality, which, with business attributes of a high order, fit him for presiding over one of the neatest and best equipped hotels in the Empire State.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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