James N. Adam
|James N. Adam|
Portrait of James N. Adam
|45th Mayor of Buffalo|
|Preceded by||Erastus C. Knight|
|Succeeded by||Louis P. Fuhrmann|
James Noble Adam|
March 1, 1842
February 9, 1912 (aged 69)|
Buffalo, New York
|Resting place||St. Cuthbert's Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Linton Paterson|
He began his business career in Scotland, where he lived until about 1872, when he moved to the United States upon the advice of his brother, Robert B. Adam, co-founder of Adam, Meldrum & Anderson. He initially settled at New Haven, Connecticut, where he began a successful retail operation. In 1881, he moved back to Buffalo and started a full-scale department store at Main and Eagle Streets, the J. N. Adam & Co. In 1905, he retired from the company.
On January 9, 1872, he married Margaret Linton Paterson of Edinburgh, she died in 1894. They did not have children.
Some time between 1910 and 1915, he purchased almost 300 acres (1.2 km2) of land adjacent to the village of Perrysburg, New York using proceeds from his own personal fortune to establish a tuberculosis asylum. A hospital was opened known as the J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital for Tuberculosis; it later became the J. N. Adam State School for Severely Mentally Retarded.
- Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
- LaChiusa, Chuck. "AM&A's". buffaloah.com. Buffalo Architecture and History. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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- Buffalo's Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Perrysburg, Larry Behan, July, 2005
Erastus C. Knight
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