Niagara County

1897 Biography - Norman E. G. Wadhams

Wadhams, Norman E. G., was born at Whitehall, Washington county, N. Y., August 24, 1829, a son of Heman Wadhams, a butcher of that place, now deceased. Mr. Wadhams was educated in the public schools at Albion, whither his parents had removed while he was yet in infancy, and at the age of thirteen he left school and for two years was employed on a large farm near Albion; in 1845 he removed to Lockport, where he attended the locks for thirteen years. In 1864 he was appointed deputy collector of customs at Youngstown, N. Y., and held that office until 1886; the latter fourteen years being located at Niagara Falls. In 1890 he was reappointed to same office of which he is now an incumbent. Mr. Wadhams is justly proud of his war record, having enlisted as a private at the first call for troops in the ranks of the 28th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, experiencing two years of hard fighting at the front, being mustered out in 1863 as first lieutenant of Co. C. He is a prominent Mason and a member of the G. A. R., and is highly respected by all who know him. July 3, 1851, he married Christiana E. King of Lockport, and they had two sons and five daughters.

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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