Van Cleef, Lawrence, was born at Seneca Falls, N. Y., and received his education in the public schools of that place. At the age of eighteen he entered the grocery business at Seneca Falls, and remained four years and then removed to Niagara Falls, where he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company as clerk in the freight department. In 1895 he resigned that position and established himself in the insurance business, in which he is at present successfully representing five leading fire, life and accident companies. He is a member of Niagara Frontier Lodge No. 132, F. & A. M., of the Knights Templar, Niagara Commandery, and of Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of Buffalo. and an honorary member of the fire department of Niagara Falls. In March, 1897, he was elected alderman from the First ward of that city.
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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