Rev. Daniel Warren and Priscilla Sparhawk

Rev. Daniel Warren was born 1798 March 3 in Rochester, Windsor, Vermont and died 1864 Jan 29 in Lowell, Orleans, Vermont. He married 1826 Jan 28 in , Essex, Vermont to Priscilla Sparhawk b. 1803 Aug 13, Rochester, Windsor, Vermont, died 1854 Dec 27 in Vermont.

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DANIEL WARREN died at Lowell, January 29, 1864, of typhoid pneumonia, after a short but severe sickness.

… was a son of David and Anna (Bullin).. and was born in Rochester, VT, 3rd, 1798. His father was one of the early … of Rochester, and his grand-father…soldier in the “Old French War.” He … an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade, but in the spring of 1820, entered upon a course of preparation for the ministry, and after pursuing academical studies at Royalton and Randolph Academies, he entered the Maine Charity School, (now Bangor Theological Seminary,) where he was graduated the 3d August 1825. He received license from the Hancock and Penobscot Association, 15th December 1824.

Immediately after graduation, he returned to Vermont, and in September, 1825, commenced preaching at Waterbury as a candidate for settlement. He was there ordained 7th December 1825. Rev. Chester Wright, of Montpelier, preached the sermon. He had a successful pastorate of nearly thirteen years, and was dismissed 26th June, 1838. After this he was stated to supply at Johnson three years, and from that place went to Essex, where he was installed 23d December, 1841. Rev. John Wheeler, D.D., of Burlington, preached the sermon. From this pastorate he was dismissed, 18th August, 1846, but continued to supply the pulpit for a year after. He then went to Bakersfield, where, after preaching a year or more, he was installed in the pastorate. Rev. Worthington Smith, D.D. of St. Albans, preached the sermon. In the spring of 1854, a Council was called to dismiss him, on the ground of inadequate support. The Council declined to dissolve the pastoral relation, because the Church and society had not made suitable exertion to provide a support.

He judged it his duty, however, to leave the field, and in April, 1854, removed to Colchester, and supplied the churches at Colchester and West Milton alternately till August 1855. He obtained a regular dismissal from the Bakersfield pastorate, 5th June, 1855. He preached a few months in Stowe, and about a year and a half in Lowell; then receiving a call to Warner, N. H., he commenced preaching there 26th July, 1857, and was installed 20th October, 1857. Rev. William T. Savage, of Franklin, N.H., preached the sermon. He was dismissed 18th February, 1863, and did not again assume the charge of a parish, but removed to Lowell, Vt., where he spent the remainder of his life, preaching in vacant pulpits as opportunity offered.

His first wife was Priscilla Sparhawk, daughter of Dea. Ebenezer Sparhawk of Rochester, Vt. She died 27th December, 1854, and he married 16th January, 1856, Mrs. Hannah L. B. Scott of Fairfax, VT.

PHW

The Congregational Quarterly, Volume VI
American Congregational Association
Pg. 204

October 21, 1857, Rev. Daniel Warren was installed as pastor. Rev. Dr. William T. Savage of Franklin preached the sermon. Mr. Warren was born March 3, 1798, in Rochester, Vt., of which town his father was one of the first settlers. He served an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade, but in the spring of 1820 entered upon a course of preparation for the ministry. He graduated at Bangor Theological Seminary in 1825, two years after Mr. Wellman. He was pastor of the church in Waterbury, Vt., from 1825 to 1838. He afterward preached for different lengths of time in several towns in Vermont before coming to Warner. After leaving this town, he did not again assume charge of a parish, but spent the remainder of his life at Lowell, Vt. Mr. Warren was a sound preacher, and commanded the respect of all as a sincere, upright, kind-hearted christian man. His dismissal from Warner occurred February 18, 1863.

Historical Discourse Delivered at the Centennial Celebration of the Congregational Church in Warner, H.H. June 12, 1872 by Henry S. Huntington, Pastor of the Church

The house was built, was not long unoccupied. Soon after its dedication a young man, just graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary, stopped for the night at the hotel, then kept by Mr. Pride; –learning that Rev. Mr. Blodgett of Jericho, with whom he had been acquainted, was to preach on the ensuing Sabbath, he concluded to stop and hear him. Mr. Blodgett did not come and the young man was asked to supply the puplit–he consented, and thus the Rev. Daniel Warren preached his first sermon, and began his 13 years work in Waterbury. All were pleased. He was asked to remain, and in a few months he had a unanimous call to settle over them and was ordained Pastor of the Church, Dec. 7, 1825. From that period every thing has worn a new aspect in town. Mr. Warren was dismissed June 26, 1838. There were two revivals during his ministry, extending through the town, –one in 1826-7, the other in 1835-6.

The Early History of Waterbury. A Discource Delivered February 10th, 1867 by Rev. C. C. Parker
Waterbury Job Printing Establishment, 1867.

Daniel WARREN, son of David WARREN and Anna, was born 3 March 1798 in Rochester, Windsor Co., VT. He died 29 Jan 1864 in Lowell, Orleans Co. VT.

On 28 Jan 1826 in Essex, Chittenden, VT, Daniel married Priscilla SPARHAWK.

Priscilla was a daughter of Rev. Ebenezer SPARHAWK Jr. and Azubah JEPHERSON. She was born 13 Aug 1803 in Rochester, Windsor Co., VT.

From Manual of the Congregational Church, Historical Sketch:

Pages 3 and 4

The present house of worship, which grew out of a spontaneous movement of the citizens was erected and dedicated in 1824; the Rev. Mr. CHANDLER, of Waitsfield, preaching the sermon. A new era dawned on the completion of the building the next year in November, Rev. Daniel WARREN spent a Sabbath with the people and was at once called to become their Pastor. He was installed Dec. 7, 1825, and after a successful ministry of thirteen years was dismissed on June 26, 1838. Two general revivals were enjoyed under his labors and 124 were added to the church.

Page 6 list past officers of the Church, Daniel C. WARREN 1825 to 1838.

Page 19, Historical Catalogue of members gives Priscilla S. WARREN, dismissed from the Church by letter 1827: definition in the rules of the Church is, leaving the area, they would need to get a letter of dismissal and recommendation to a new Church within one year. Page 20 An Elizabeth Warren dismissed from the church by letter 1837.

The Rev. Daniel C. WARREN would be Daniel Henry WARREN. He married Priscilla about a year after becoming reverend. A confusing bit of information is that Priscilla S. WARREN, presumably Priscilla Sparkhawk WARREN, was dismissed from the church by letter in 1827.

Children of Daniel and Priscilla were:

1.) Anna Elizabeth
2.) Daniel Henry, b. 2 Aug 1834 in Waterbury Township, Washington Co. VT., married Harriet Louisa HARRIS
3.) Ellen Priscilla b. abt. 1839 VT
4.) Joseph
5.) Evarts

CENSUS DATA:

1840 VERMONT WINDSOR COUNTY BETHEL TOWNSHIP
Pg. 365 (pg. 23 ancestry.com)

John FISHER
Timothy FISHER
Silas W. OWEN
Calvin MOFFET
Daniel WARREN 1 – – – – 1 |1 2 – – – – 1
Note: 1 male under 5 must be Daniel Henry, 1 male 30 to 40 would be Daniel. For females there is 1 female under 5, 2 females 5 to 10, and 1 female 40 to 50. The ages don’t quite fit as Daniel would have been 43 and Priscilla 37, so I can’t be certain it is the same family.
George HADLEY
Henry B. HASBACH or HARBACH
James SABINA?
John GRANGER
A Pliney WARREN can be seen on pg. 364.

From www.whitneygen.org :

Julia Whitney, b. in Colchester, Vt., 16 Sept. 1820; married, 20 Oct. 1847, at Bakersfield (Note: Franklin Co.), Vt., by Rev. Daniel Warren, Congregational, to Larkin Horton Wilcox,3 a teamster and general jobber, born at Mount Holly, Vt., 3 Aug. 1819, son of Jacob and Sally (Horton) Wilcox, of Mount Holly. They have lived at Ludlow, West Rutland, Castleton, North Bennington, East Middlebury, and Rutland, in Vermont; at Buskirk’s Bridge (Cambridge), Pittstown, and Peekskill, in New York; at Bergen Hill and Bergen, in New Jersey; and finally moved to Centre Rutland, Vt., where they were living in 1874, considering themselves settled for life. They have but one child, Morillo Larkin Wilcox, born in Middlebury, Vt., 22 Aug. 1855, who they adopted when he was one year and three months old.

Rev. Daniel WARREN also served at the Congregation Church in Warner, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire:

“In 1853, Rev. Harrison O. Howland, who bad been preaching for the society more than a year, was settled over the church. Mr. Howland remained here until 1857, when Rev. Daniel Warren was installed pastor. In 1863 he was dismissed, and for three years the pulpit was supplied chiefly by Rev. Henry S. Huntington, of Norwich, Conn.”
(SOURCE: http://www.warner.nh.us/ehist2.htm)

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Bakersfield, Franklin, Vermont; Roll: M432_924; Page: 49; Image: 98.
1/1 Julius P. SEWARD Lawyer 26 b. VT
Louisa 21
Daniel WARREN 52 congregational Preiest $2000
Priscilla 47
Elizabeth 23
Joseph 21
Henry 15
Everts 15
Ellen 11
1/1 Rollin C.M. WOODWARD and family

The 1860 census New Hampshire Merrimack shows the following:

1860 NEW HAMPSHIRE MERRIMACK CO. WARNER CENSUS
Pg. 298

Origin DEMOND
George RAND and Nancy
George W. WIGGINS and Louisa
Charles C. HARRIMAN and Eliza
Clarence WILKINS and Martha
Judith DALTON and Mary GILMORE
David WATSON and Mary
36/39 Daniel WARREN 62 Congregational Clergyman $2500 b. VT
Hannah L. 43
Ellen P. 21 Teacher of Con. School
Don Eugene SCOTT 16
Elizabeth A. BASSET 33 School Teacher
William H. 12
Jennie E. 7

This could very well be Daniel WARREN.

Everyone in the household is given as having been born in VT, the only such household on the page, others being mainly from NH. It appears however that Elizabeth A. could be the daughter of a Daniel BASSETT, 12 Feb 1795 (christened Milford, New Haven Co. CONN) to 14 Feb. 1876. Daniel BASSETT married 1st a Julia FORD, daughter of Thaddeus FORD and Anne GREEN, who died in 1847. Their children included: Charlotte, Charles Burton, William H. b. 1822 d. 31 August 1849, Elizabeth A. b. 1827 d. Sept. 1863, Mary Eliza b. c. 1829 and died 1855, Cornelia Augusta, Emily Jane and Catherine (given as b. 1851 and died 8 Nov. 1859 but this would have to be incorrect if Julia died in 1847). After Julia’s death, Daniel BASSETT 1848 he was married to a Catherine B. CLARK, daughter of Nathan CLARK and Abigail BALDWIN. (SOURCE: http://www.clipper.net/~genlady/mercy.html)

A Don Eugene SCOTT is in the 1860 household and is found at a website which has listed also some BASSETTs of Conn. His parents were Madison SCOTT and Hannah Landress BEACH b. 1817 in Westford VT. (SOURCE: www.gbnf.com/genealogy/tbeach/html/d0029/I2905.HTM

An Abigail OVIATT marriage to Oliver BEACH appears at both websites. Daniel BASSETT’s parents were David BASSETT and Sarah OVIATT. Sarah OVIATT’s parents were Isaac OVIATT and Mehitable TIBBALS. Abigail OVIATT’s parents were Samuel OVIATT and Keziah PLUMB. Samuel and Isaac were brothers, sons of Samuel OVIATT and Rebecca PRITCHARD. (SOURCE: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wcgenlady&id=I24561)

As for Hannah L. in the 1860 census. Don Eugene Scott’s mother was a Hannah Landress BEACH b. 1817. Put two and two together. Hannah L. would be Hannah Landress BEACH…and she is.

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dickdutton&id=I94224 has Hannah Landress BEACH married 2nd to Daniel WARREN. Her first husband, Madison SCOTT, b. 12 March 1813, Fairfax, Franklin VT., died 29 Nov. 1851 in Fairfax, Franklin, VT. They’d had three children, Hannah B., Rogene A. and Don E. Hannah and Rogene are not observed in the 1860 household.

Daniel Warren is in Franklin County in 1857.

Hannah Landress Beach Warren died 21 Jan 1872 in Hyde Park, Lamoille, VT.

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Evarts, Joseph, Daniel Henry and Ellen moved to Buffalo, New York.

HON. JOSEPH WARREN

The death of Hon. Joseph Warren, of the Buffalo Courier, was announced in THE TIMES yesterday. The Courier, in an editorial review of the life of Mr. Warren, says: “He was born in Waterbury, Vt., on July 24, 1829, attended the district school, and at the age of eighteen years entered the Vermont University. At the age of twenty he made his first essay at journalism as assistant editor of the Country Gentleman, Albany, NY. In October of 1853 he became associate editor of the Buffalo Courier, an has retained his connection with that paper ever since, having been editor in chief since 1858. Since 1866, on the death of Dean Richmond, has been the acknowledged leader of the Democratic Party of Erie County, and a recognized leader and counselor of that party in Western New York. He was one of the originators of the public park, and has served as one of its Commissioners since 1871. He was also one of the organizers of the plan to erect the new city and county buildings, and served as a memter of the committee to prepare an act with that end in view. Through his exertions, more than those of any other person, the State Asylum for the Insane was located in this city, and he served on its Board of Managers and as Chairman of the State Normal School in this city, and a memer of its Board of Trustees. He was one of the organizers of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy; was largely interested in the project of the Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railway Company; was a former President of the Young Men’s Christian Association, and has served as one of the managers for the last three years; has been a member of the Council of the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, and, for the last six years, has been President of the New York State Associated Press, which office he held at the time of his death. He was long a member of the Ancient Landmark Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and also of the Adytum Chapter. He leaves a wife and one son.

The funeral of Mr. Warren will take place on Tuesday afternoon from the family residence in Buffalo.

Published Oct 2 1876 The New York Times

A BUFFALO JOURNALIST DEAD

EVARTS E. S. WARREN DIES WHILE TRAVELING FOR REST AND HEALTH

BUFFALO July 26 — The news has reached this city that Evarts E. S. Warren, Secretary of the Courier Printing Company, is dead. Some time ago ill-health compelled Mr. Warren to seek rest and restoration at the seaside. He returned feeling somewhat better, but in a few weeks he was again taken ill, and his physicians prescribed further rest. He started July 20 for a voyage on Lake Superior on the steamer China. Saturday last friends here received word that he had reached Sault Ste. Marie. News came Sunday that he had been attacked with apoplexy, and this morning a telegram from Fort Gratiot was received announcing his death.

Mr. Warren was the younger brother of the late Joseph Warren. He was born at Waterbury, Vt., Dec. 24 1836. He received a common school education at Bakersfield and Georgia, Vt. He came to Buffalo in 1856, attended Bryant & Stratton’s Business College two years, and then entered the Post Office as a clerk, and subsequently became book-keeper for Breed & Butler, the book publishers. From 1861 to 1869 he was employed in that capacity with Messrs. Pratt & Letchworth, and then went to Chicago to take charge of a house they had opened there. Returning to Buffalo in 1871, he accepted a position with Joseph Warren & Co., (now the Courier Company,) an became actively identified with the establishment. He was made General Superintendent, and in October, 1877, was elected Secretary of the company. He was a member of the Buffalo Club, and had been its secretary for several years. He left Buffalo hopeful and cheerful. He was a most conscientious and upright gentleman, and one of the most genial and warm-hearted of men. The body arrived here this morning.

Published July 27 1880 The New York Times

An incidental note, Joseph Warren had in his employ a poet David Gray, who was a close friend, and also a close friend of Samuel Clemens.

Mark Twain lived in Buffalo from 1869-1871. His time here was significant and worthy of recognition as it shaped him as a writer and as a person.

His time in Buffalo was the longest period that Twain had lived in one place since early childhood and the city was a place of firsts for him. Buffalo was the first place he lived as a married man, the birthplace of his first child, the first place he owned a home and the first place that he became co-owner of a newspaper.

While Twain’s stay in Buffalo was difficult personally, it spurred a time of great productivity. During his tenure here, his father-in-law, Jevis Langdon, suffered from cancer and his wife, Olivia, became dangerously ill with Typhoid.

A collection of his writings from this traumatic period is titled Mark Twain at The Buffalo Express: Articles and Sketches by America’s Favorite Humorist (Northern Illinois University Press; 1999).

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The Express

In Western New York, Twain sharpened his writing abilities as editor of The Buffalo Express newspaper. His co-editor at The Express was Joseph Larned, with whom he often collaborated on articles and columns. Larned, a lifelong friend to Twain, subsequently became director of the library in Buffalo in 1877.

Another co-editor at The Express and close friend to Twain, David Gray was a well-known poet and long-standing member of the Buffalo Library board. In Twain fashion, he honored his friend by naming the central character in “A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage” after Gray. The Gray Chair of Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo was founded in his honor…

Source

16. David Gray, Buffalo Courier , 19 March 1870; clipping in MTP. When Clemens later recalled his time in Buffalo as one of stark and forbidding isolation, he allowed that “there was one exception—a single exception. David Gray—poet, and editor of the principal newspaper,—was our intimate friend…. David had a young wife and a young baby. The Grays and the Clemenses visited back and forth frequently, and this was all the solace the Clemenses had in their captivity.”

18. More than three decades later, Clemens remembered Gray with the same fondness, a fondness that was made poignant by his own lingering bitterness about newspapering in Buffalo. David Gray, he said, “was a poet, but was doomed to grind out his living in a most uncongenial occupation—the editing of a daily political newspaper. He was a singing bird in a menagerie of monkeys, macaws, and hyenas. His life was wasted.” “Autobiographical Dictation” for 22 February 1906; original in MTP.
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Daniel Henry Warren and Harriet Louisa Harris

Daniel Henry Warren b. 1834 Aug 2 in Waterbury, Warren, Vermont to Rev. Daniel Warren and Priscilla Sparhawk, died 1885 Aug 22 at Buffalo, Erie, New York, married Harriet Louis Harris b. 1834 Oct 14 in Vermont, died 1909 Dec 15 in Newark, Wayne, New York.

Their children were:

  • Emerson b. 1858
  • Jenny Priscilla Warren b. 1864 Sep 21 in Lowell, Orleans, Vermont, died 1939 July 7, m. Charles James McClure.

Census:

1860 VERMONT, ORLEANS CO., LOWELL CENSUS
pg. 367 ancestry.com
54/57 Don BLOUNTIS and Rhoda
55/58 John D. HARDING and Emily
56/59 James FARWELL and Isabelle
William and Joel MOULTON
57/60 Henry WARREN 25 mechanic $2000 $624 b. VT
Louisa 24
Emerson 2
58/61 John SCOTT and Sarah
59/62 Joseph ?
60/63 Theodore GOODRICH and Betsy

Both can read and write.

1870 Ward 12, Buffalo, Erie, New York
9th day of June
Pg. 697
179/201 WARREN Henry D. 34 works in foundry $500 b. VT
Louisa H. 34 Keeps house b. VT
Emerson D. 12 b. VT
Jennie 5 b. VT
BARNS Ingra ? H. 28 House keeper
HULL Willard F. 18 works in foundry b. NY

Parents can read and write. Emerson has been attending school.

Daniel’s siblings Warren and Ellen were also in Buffalo.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll M593_935; Page: 511B; Image: 214; Family History Library Film: 552434.
428/430 Warren Joseph 41 editor of daily paper b. VT
Jane 35 b. NY
James G. 11 attends school
Nellie 31 boarding b. VT
Storms Kate 22 domestic servant b. NY
Wilson Thomas 25 domestic servant

By 1880 the couple was divorced:

1880 Buffalo Erie NY CENSUS
5th of June
243 Dearborn Street
(pg. 362a)
136/164 D. Henry WARREN 45 b. VT Superintendent mall iron works parents b. VT
136/165 Hunt B. Luther 43 works in the iron works
W. Nellie 41 wife
136/166 Gould Henry 30 civil engineer b. NY father b. NY mother b. MA
S. Fanny 29 wife b. MA parents b. MA
Fink Lena 20 servant b. NY parents b. Germany
Gould E. Marvin 11/12 June daughter b. NY father b. NY mother b. MA

Nellie Hunt was Daniel Henry’s sister. Daniel Henry’s brother Joseph had married Jane Goold b. 1835 in New York and it’s possible that Henry Gould was a relation of hers.

(pg. 228c) 16th of June
L. H. WARREN divorced 44 b. VT parents b. VT
Emerson D. 22 b. VT bookkeeper
Jennie P. 15 b. VT has been attending school

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