Niagara County

1897 Biography - Peter S. Tower

Tower, Peter S., was born on the old homestead, at Tower's Corners, two miles east of Youngstown, March 22, 1843, a son of Peter Tower, who settled on that farm in 1815. He was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools and Lockport Union School, and was graduated in 1866 from Eastman's Business College. August 11, 1862, he enlisted. in Co. F. 129th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, after which the regiment organized as the 8th N. Y. Heavy Artillery and served until the close of the war, being mustered out June 10, 1865. September 26, 1868, he married Elizabeth McCoukey, and they have five children: Mary B., Victorine M., Dan P., Ray C., and Nellie E., all living. Mrs. Tower died July18, 1888, and Mr. Tower married, January 2, 1890, R. Adelle Shaw. Mr. Tower is a Republican and has been supervisor three terms, district clerk in school district for years, and has since June 1, 1891, been deputy collector and inspector of U. S. customs at Youngstown, N. Y. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and of McCollum Post No. 228 G. A. R. at Ransomville; he is a member of St. John's Episcopal church and has been vestryman and treasurer for several years. He and his brother, Luke Tower, have the homestead of 212 acres and have added 120 acres more, and carry on general farming and fruit growing; they also keep a large number of sheep. He has always taken an active part in politics, being one of the leaders in the town for years. Mr. Tower on account of being unable to work on the farm has looked for other employment and was appointed deputy collector of customs. Peter S. Tower has always been an active Republican and has taken a prominent part in the various conventions of his party as a representative of his town.

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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