I’ve been unable to locate Harriet Louisa and Emerson in the census after 1880. He’s not to be confused with Emerson H. Warren who was born about the same time who resides in Ontario, Wayne, New York. That is a different family.
We may not know anything about the life of Daniel Henry Warren and his family, but we do have a biography on his brother Joseph that sheds at least a little light on his early years.
JOSEPH WARREN was for many years one of the most conspicuous men in Western New York. His eminent standing as a journalist and proprietor of one of the leading political newspapers of (he State, as well as his characteristics as a man, fully entitled him to the position he occupied at his death.
Mr. Warren was born in Waterbury, Vt., on the 24th of July, 1S29,. His father was a Congregational minister, and Joseph was next to the oldest in a family of five children. His parents were poor and his childhood and youth were necessarily passed in hardship and labor. He was scarcely eleven years old when he was placed in a country printing office in Johnson, Vt. After between one and two years of service there the family removed to Essex in the same State, and the lad was there hired out to a blacksmith; between the shop and the farm of his employer it may be imagined that Joseph Warren’s life at that time was not of the most attractive character. Up to this period his educational advantages consisted of brief terms during portions of the years in the district schools; hut he was an ardent student and possessed a good brain; consequently he rapidly acquired knowledge. The more he learned the stronger grew his easily awakened ambition to obtain a collegiate education, and at eighteen years of age, with a little assistance from his father, he entered the University of Vermont, at Burlington. During the succeeding four years of college life, he largely supported himself, and graduated as a Bachelor of Arts on the 8th of August, 1851. Three years later he was honored by his Alma Mater with the degree of Master of Arts.
Immediately upon leaving College, Mr. Warren went to Albany, N. Y., where he obtained employment in the office of the Country Gentleman and Cultivator, published by his uncle, the late Luther Tucker. In that office Mr. Warren’s extraordinary capacity as a journalist was rapidly developed; he added a new department of fireside reading to the columns of the paper, which at once became popular, much of which was from his own pen. At a little later date, in addition to his own work as associate editor, he accepted the position of teacher of Latin and Greek in the Albany Academy. Upon his departure from Albany in 1854, Mr. Warren’s class in the academy testified to their appreciation of himself and his work by presenting him with an address bearing all of their signatures and an appropriate testimonial.
October 16th, 1854, Joseph Warren came to Buffalo to accept the position which had been offered him, of local editor of the Courier. He entered upon his work in the new field with zeal and earnestness and that consciousness of his own strength which could not fail to win ample recognition. He infused new life into the system of local reporting, making such changes and improvements in methods as to mark an epoch in that department of daily newspaper-making. In 1857 he was tendered the Democratic nomination for Superintendent of Schools and was elected. In this office Mr. Warren displayed excellent administrative ability and performed the duties of Superintendent to the satisfaction of the city at large. From that time he refused to accept or be a candidate for any elective or salaried office.
In 1858 Mr. Warren and Gilbert K. Harroun bought the interest of Mr. Seaver in the Courier, James H. Sanford retaining his former interest, the new firm becoming Sanford, Warren & Harroun. Two years later Mr. Sanford’s interest was purchased by his partners, and on the 24th of October, 1860, the firm of Joseph Warren & Co., was formed, which continued until the organization of “The Courier Company,” with Mr. Warren as its president, January 1st, 1869. From the date of his first ownership in the Courier establishment, 1858, until his death, Mr. Warren was the editor-in-chief of the paper, and the Courier Company had no other president until after his death.
After the death of Dean Richmond in August, 1866, the leadership of the Erie County Democracy, by general consent, devolved upon Mr. Warren, and he was made member-at-large of the Democratic State Central Committee, in which body he was an active member until his death; for ten years previous to his death he was the recognized leader and valued counselor of the Democratic party of Western New York. But although giving much attention to politics, Mr. Warren never for a day neglected the best interests of Buffalo. His devotion to her welfare, his zeal for her growth, culture and prosperity, amounted to a passion. Of his work for the good of the city, it was written of him at the time of his death as follows:—
“Mr. Warren’s extraordinary ability in dealing with men was exhibited in the way he brought the leading citizens of Buffalo together and enlisted their varied and often conflicting interests tor the furtherance of public ends. One of the first results of his efforts was the projection of the system of public parks, under the act of the Legislature passed April 14…. Mr. Warren wrought indefatigably and with consummate sagacity to secure the success of this scheme. He saw in it a heritage to Buffalo of coming years of priceless value—a perpetual source of health, enjoyment and culture for the people. With the exception of a single year he served as a member of the 1’ark Commission from its organization until his death. Another project in which he was deeply interested and which he may almost be said to have originated, was that of the City and County Building. The Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, was located in this city, largely through his exertions, and he served on its Board of Managers, and as chairman of the Executive Committee of the same, until he resigned about a month ago. The State Normal School in this city, owes its existence in large measure to Mr. Warren’s efforts. He was from the beginning to the last a member of its Board of Trustees, and hopefully regarded the institution as the possible nucleus of a noble and great seat of learning in the future. Another scheme for the advancement of Buffalo, to which he devoted much time and labor, was the Buffalo, New York & Philadelphia Railway. He believed in the road as a valuable factor in Buffalo’s growth and the successful carrying out of the project was powerfully aided by his counsel and influence. The same may be said of the branch road to the McKean County coal mines, of which he was one of the most active organizers.
Mr. Warren in earlier years took a warm interest in the Young Men’s Association, and served it many times as Manager, and one year as President. It was during Warren’s Presidency of the Association, that the first important fine arts exhibition was arranged in this city, an enterprise which really pioneered and suggested the organization of the Fine Arts Academy. Of this latter institution Mr. Warren was for a number of years, and until his death, a Curator. He was also President and one of the organizers of the kindred institution known as the Buffalo Society of Arts, which was projected for the purpose of advancing ait education. In 1867 he helped to establish and was one of the incorporators of the Buffalo Club.”
Outside of the interests of Buffalo, Mr. Warren was appointed by Governor Hoffman a Member of the Commission to locate the Elmira Reformatory, and afterwards served on its Board of Trustees. His election for six successive years as President of the State Associated Press, speaks in eloquent terms of the esteem in which he was held by his fellow journalists of the State.
Mr. Warren was for several years a Vestryman of Christ Church (Protestant Episcopal), the organization of which was in large part his work. For three years previous to his death, he was a Member of the Council of the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo.
On the 20th of March, 1855, Mr. Warren was married to the daughter of James Goold, of Albany. She still survives him, and is a resident of Buffalo. This sketch may be appropriately closed with a further quotation from the writer already referred to, relative to Mr. Warren’s personal characteristics:—
“He was one upon whom, in years past, hundreds have leaned for succor and counsel. His generous nature scarcely scrutinized the reasonableness of a request, but hastened first to grant it. His brain was the readiest to devise help, and his hand to extend it, that we ever knew or expect to know. His prime ambition was the Christian one—to do good to others and leave his part of the world better than he found it, as might be expected. He was incapable of a mean thought or act. Intellectually Mr. Warren was a man of exceptional power and grasp. His was preeminently a constructive mind, it was easy for him to create a plan or policy, and in his power to mould men and interests to the execution of his designs, he was rarely endowed. Recalling him as he was at his best, it is a vision of ideal manhood that rises before us—the wise counselor, the able man of affairs, the practical philanthropist, the true and generous friend.”
Mr. Warren died on the 30th of September, 1876, having reached but a few weeks more than forty-seven years of age.
Source: History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County: History of Buffalo
By Henry Perry Smith