Biography of John M. McKinzie of Batavia, NY

John M. McKenzie, of the firm of McKenzie, Ryan & Storms, was born in Lockport in 1846. He was educated in the public schools of that place, and learned the trade of cabinetmaker. He moved to Wisconsin and there worked at his trade, but came to Batavia in 1868, and was engaged at farming four years, when he entered the employ of R. O. Holden, with whom he studied the business of general merchandising for nine years, attaining the position of head clerk and buyer. In 1881 he opened up business on his own account, when there were eight competing stores in the line of clothiers and gents' furnishing goods, while at the present time only three survive. His strict attention to business, fidelity to friends, and thorough regard for his word cadsed him to be brought forward as a candidate for the assembly in 1887. Such was his popularity that he was elected by a majority of nearly 1,200, being far in advance of the rest of the ticket, and by greater majority than his predecessors. Again, in 1888, he was placed in nomination for the same place, which resulted in an increased majority (1,311) keeping up with that for the presidential ticket. The fact of his being a member of the Ways and Means Committee is an honor not often given to Genesee County. Mr. McKenzie was married to Mary E. Storms, daughter of the late John C. Storms. They have one girl, Bessie L.

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



Genesee County Biographies

Names A to B
Names C
Names D to E
Names F to G
Names H
Names I to L
Names M to N
Names O to R
Names S
Names T to Z
Companies in 1890
Online Biographies

Genesee County History

New York History

Erie County Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies