Samuel Wilkeson

Buffalo Mayors

Samuel Wilkeson Born: June 1, 1781 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania Died: 1843 Buffalo Mayor: 1836 Samuel Wilkeson was born in Carslisle, Pennsylvania on June 1, 1781, to John Wilkeson and his wife. In 1805, Samuel married Jane Oram. They had six children: Elizabeth, John, Eli, William, Louise, and Samuel, Jr.

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Major André Andrews

Buffalo Mayors

Major André Andrews Born: July 8, 1892; Cornwall, Connecticut Died: August 18, 1834; Buffalo, New York Buffalo Mayor: 1833 Major André Andrews was born in Cornwall, Connecticut on July 8, 1892 to Andrew Andrews and Mary Moss. Major was his given name: He was reportedly named after the British soldier Major John André, who was …

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Hiram Pratt

Buffalo Mayors

  Hiram Pratt Born: June 28, 1800; Westminster, Vermont Died: April 27, 1840; Utica, New York Buffalo Mayor: 1835, 1839 Political Affiliation: Whig Hiram Pratt was born on June 28, 1800 in Westminster, Vermont. He was the seventh child of ten* born to Captain Samuel Pratt and Esther Wells. Captain Samuel Pratt enlisted in the …

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Dr. Ebenezer Johnson

Buffalo Mayors

Dr. Ebenezer Johnson Born: November 7, 1786; Middlebury, Vermont Died: December 23, 1849*; Tellico Plains, Tennessee Buffalo Mayor: 1832, 1834Mayor’s Salary: $250 per year Political Affiliation: Democrat-Republican Ebenezer Johnson was born to Ebenezer Johnson and Deborah (née Lathrop) Johnson on November 7, 1786, in Middlebury, Vermont. Ebenezer Johnson studied medicine in Cherry Valley, New York …

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Benjamin Rathbun

People

Benjamin Rathbun Born: December 1, 1790; Connecticut Died: 1870; New York, New York In the early days of Buffalo, businessman Benjamin Rathbun virtually created the city — and nearly destroyed it. Benjamin Rathbun was born to Patience Jones and Moses Rathbun on December 1, 1790, near Westford, Connecticut. The ancestors of Moses Rathbun (the surname …

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Buffalo in Film: “The Pan-American Exposition by Night” (1901)

Pan-American Exposition

Buffalo’s 1901 Pan-American Exposition was impressive during the day — but it seemed truly magical at night. To demonstrate an additional use for electricity, the exposition’s organizers used 240,000 eight watt incandescent light bulbs (and power generated by Niagara Falls) to illuminate the buildings at night. The Electric Tower was outfitted with 44,000 bulbs; a …

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The History of Fort Niagara

Fort Niagara Places

You know the old real estate motto: “Location! Location! Location!” Well, the adage is certainly relevant to Fort Niagara. Understanding the history of Fort Niagara begins with understanding that the land was valuable to Native Americans and Europeans due to its location. The Old Fort Niagara Association maintains: The importance of the Fort Niagara site …

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