Canavan, Cornelius T., was born at Niagara Falls, N. Y., May 20, 1856, and is a son of Thomas Canavan, a retired railroad man. Mr. Canavan was educated in the public schools and at the age of sixteen entered the services of the New York Central Railroad Company and rose from the bottom of the ladder to the position of yard master at Niagara Falls. After twenty years faithful service with the New York Central Railroad Company, he resigned his position and was elected treasurer of the village of Suspension Bridge, which position he retained until the incorporation of Niagara Falls as a city in 1892, when he was chosen to fill his present position as city treasurer. He has been twice married. He first married Catherine Dinan of Niagara Falls, N. Y., October 14, 1879, who died October 20, 1890 leaving four children, Anna L., Margaret F., William J. and Ellen M. September 11, 1894, he married Ellen Kelleher, of Niagara Falls, Ont., and they have two children, Edward J. and Mary A.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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