Pierce, John S., was born at Niagara Falls, N. Y., March 10, 1827, a son of the late Sullivan Pierce of that place. John S. Pierce was educated in the public schools of Niagara Falls, and at Rochester; at the age of seventeen he began an active business career which has extended over nearly forty years. He has been engaged in numerous business enterprises, the most important among them being the building of the inclined railway at Suspension Bridge, which descends the river bank at the Whirlpool Rapids. He was for three years a deputy collector in the United States Custom House and served the village of Niagara Falls as chief of the police department for ten years, as well as having been superintendent of the village for a number of years and trustee for two years. He is an extensive property owner and a highly respected and honored citizen. In 1854 Mr. Pierce married Laura Smith of Rochester, and they have had five children, only two of whom, Maurice H, and Carlton Pierce of Niagara Falls, survive. Mr. Pierce is the second oldest native citizen of Niagara Falls and is now retired from business. He has always been a staunch Democrat. He is a member of Niagara Frontier Lodge No. 132, F. & A. M,, and is one of the oldest Masons in the county.
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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