William Ketchum (mayor)

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William Ketchum
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
1844–1845
Preceded by Joseph G. Masten
Succeeded by Joseph G. Masten
Personal details
Born March 2, 1798
Bloomfield, New York
Died October 1, 1876(1876-10-01) (aged 78)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) married twice; Lamira Callendar, Elizabeth Palmer
Children five children
Religion Presbyterian
"William Ketchum". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayors of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 

William Ketchum (1798–1876) was the 14th Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1844 to 1845. He was born on March 2, 1798 in Bloomfield, New York. He moved to Buffalo in 1819, and became a partner at a merchant house that handled furs and hats. He was one of the founders of the original Bank of Buffalo along with Major Andre Andrews and Hiram Pratt. On March 18, 1823 he married Lamira Callendar of Buffalo; she died in 1866 and he remarried on September 7, 1871 to Elizabeth Palmer of Brantford, Ontario.[1]

Ketchum served as a Buffalo Village Trustee prior to the city's incorporation, and later served on the Erie County Board of Supervisors. On March 5, 1844, he ran successfully as the Whig candidate for mayor. He did not run for re-election in 1845. He was later a Republican and a Hindoo, a splinter group of the Republican Party. In 1851 he was appointed collector of the port of Buffalo by President Millard Fillmore. He retired from the fur and hat business in 1857. In 1861, he patented the Ketchum Grenade, which was used by the Union Army during the American Civil War. He died October 1, 1876, and is buried in the Ketchum family plot in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[1]

Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph G. Masten
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
1844—1845
Succeeded by
Joseph G. Masten

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "William Ketchum". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 
Buffalo Mayor, March, 1844
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Oliver G. Steele 1,389 46.4 -11.4
Whig William Ketchum 1,602 53.6 +11.4