Welch, Hon. Thomas V., was born in Camillus, Onondaga county, N. Y., October 1, 1850, a son of the late Thomas Welch and Honor Holland Welch. He was educated in the public schools of Niagara Falls, to which place his parents came with their family in 1856, and he began his business career in 1873 as freight agent for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company. In 1875 he engaged in mercantile business, from which he retired in 1893. He was clerk of the village of Niagara Falls in 1873, 1874; village trustee 1875, 1876; supervisor of the town of Niagara 1876, 1877, 1878, being chairman of the county board during the latter year. He was Member of Assembly, 1882, 1883, 1884, and advocated the establishment of the State Reservation at Niagara. July 16, 1885, he was appointed superintendent of the State Reservation at Niagara, which position he still holds. In 1886 he became an incorporator of the Niagara Falls Power Company and was a director of the company until the development of the water power was assured. He is president of the Niagara County Savings Bank, a trustee of the Niagara Falls Public Library, and a trustee of Niagara University.
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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