WEBER, John Baptiste, (1842 - 1926)


WEBER, John Baptiste, a Representative from New York; born in Buffalo, N.Y., September 21, 1842; attended public and private schools and the Central School of Buffalo; enlisted in the Civil War as a private in the Forty-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, August 7, 1861, and was rapidly promoted, attaining the rank of colonel of the Eighty-ninth United States Colored Infantry; engaged in the wholesale grocery business; assistant postmaster of Buffalo 1871-1873; sheriff of Erie County 1874-1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1888; grade-crossing commissioner of the city of Buffalo 1888-1908; commissioner of immigration at the port of New York 1890-1893; commissioner general of the Pan American Exposition at Buffalo in 1901; died in Lackawanna, N.Y., on December 18, 1926; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.