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1897 Biography - Levant R. Vandervoort

Vandervoort, Levant R., Wheatfield, was born in North Tonawanda, and educated in the schools of that place. He engaged in the lumber business at the age of fourteen and has been connected with it ever since. In 1891 he became a member of the firm of Smith, Fassett & Co. Mr. Vandervoort has always taken a lively interest in the welfare of North Tonawanda, and was elected president of the village in 1895. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Blue Lodge, and Chapter. In 1883 he married Annie T. Fassett. Mr. Vandervoorfs parents were J. D. and Sarah (Ransom) Vandervoort, both descendants of the oldest families in this part of the State.


Vandervoort, Levant R., Wheatfield, was born in North Tonawanda, June 16, 1860, and educated in the schools of that place. He engaged in the lumber business at the age of fourteen and has been connected with it ever since. In 1891 he became a member of the well known firm of Smith, Fassett & Co., one of the most prominent lumber firms of the Empire State. He has always taken a lively interest in the welfare of North Tonawanda, and served three years as village trustee. Mr. Vandervoort is a staunch Democrat, and his services as trustee and his well known interest in the welfare of the city brought about his election as president of the village in 1895 in the face of a majority for most of the nominees on the Republican ticket. As president lie introduced a number of reforms and village improvements, and he was especially successful in securing valuable concessions from railway corporations. Mr. Vandervoort is descended from one of the oldest and most influential families in this section of the State. His parents are Jackson D. and Sarah (Ransom) Vandervoort. In 1893 he was married to Annie F. Fassett. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Blue Lodge and Chapter. Mr. Vandervoort is a type of the young, progressive, successful American business men, who find time to devote to the interests of their home city, and who are largely responsible for the great progress that American municipal government has made in recent years.

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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